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Haynesworth formally charged with assault

Saturday, February 12, 2011
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2010, file photo, Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth looks on before an NFL preseason football game against Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md. People with knowledge of the negotiations say that the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Titans are in discussions about a trade of disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential. Washington signed Haynesworth to a $100 million contract in 2009 as a free agent, and the tackle accepted a $21 million bonus in April. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2010, file photo, Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth looks on before an NFL preseason football game against Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md. People with knowledge of the negotiations say that the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Titans are in discussions about a trade of disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential. Washington signed Haynesworth to a $100 million contract in 2009 as a free agent, and the tackle accepted a $21 million bonus in April. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (AP Photo)

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been formally charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from a road rage incident earlier this month.

Fairfax County police say the 29-year-old Haynesworth and his attorney appeared at a police station Saturday morning. Haynesworth signed a summons warrant charging him with assault and left.

He's scheduled to appear in court on March 31.

The encounter that led to the charge occurred on Feb. 2. Police said a 38-year-old man told investigators he was assaulted by the driver of a pickup truck who was tailgating him. The driver was later identified as Haynesworth.

Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, has said the player is innocent and that his accuser is seeking fame and money.

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