Scottsdale police said Thursday that an investigation involving National Basketball Association star James Harden is under review by the city prosecutor after a woman claimed he took her cellphone and threw it up onto a nightclub’s roof last month.
A nine-page Scottsdale police report, which has Harden’s name redacted, was released Thursday.
Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman, said the case detective still must approve the final report before certain names are made public.
“The information regarding Harden’s name and all parties that were interviewed will be available upon final approval of the case detective,” he said.
Harden plays for the Houston Rockets and was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2017-18 season earlier this summer. Before joining the NBA, he starred at Arizona State University.
According to the 42-year-old woman, she was recording a fight on Aug. 11, outside of Mint, a nightclub in downtown Scottsdale, and noticed that Harden was also watching the fight.
The woman said she was recording the scuffle when Harden walked up and grabbed her wrist and phone before throwing her phone onto a roof so she couldn’t sell the video footage, the police report says.
She told police that she contacted TMZ, a celebrity gossip website, and provided them with the video, the report says. She also said a representative of the entertainment news website offered her $750 for the footage but that she hadn’t been paid at the time she reported the incident.
TMZ posted a report about the incident that includes what appears to be a cellphone video showing Harden and others.
The woman told police a member of Harden’s group offered her $200 for the phone and that Harden later handed her an additional $300 to cover the cost, according to the police report.
After she was paid the $500, the woman told police, she felt it didn’t justify Harden taking her phone and throwing it, the report says. The woman told police she was able to recover her phone but that it had some water damage, the police report says.
She also said that her friend’s cellphone was taken by someone in Harden’s group but that she recovered it shortly after, the report says.
The woman was treated for a wrist injury at an area hospital. The police report says she had a bruise on her right thumb.
Requests for comment from the Houston Rockets were not immediately returned.
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