Josie Harris, the ex-girlfriend of Floyd Mayweather and mother of their three children together, was found dead at her California home late Tuesday night, per reports. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death.
Harris, 40, was discovered unresponsive in her car outside her home around 9:30 p.m., law enforcement told TMZ Sports. She was pronounced dead at the scene, per TMZ.
Harris starred on the TLC reality show “Starter Wives Confidential” and dated Mayweather from 1995 to 2010. She said Mayweather, 43, abused her on six different occasions. She said that he came into her Las Vegas home while she was sleeping and attacked her in front of the children in a September 2010 incident. The boxer was convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery and spent two months in jail in 2012.
In an interview with Katie Couric of Yahoo News in 2015, he said he was found guilty because of his image and acknowledged that he put his hands on Harris.
“Did I restrain a woman that was on drugs?” he said. “Yes, I did. So if they say that’s domestic violence, then, you know what? I’m guilty. I’m guilty of restraining someone.”
Harris filed a $20 million defamation lawsuit against Mayweather after the interview. That lawsuit is still ongoing, per TMZ, after Mayweather filed an appeal. A trial date is set for December.