Ex-Wife: Padre Hit Girlfriend in Front of Kids

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    A San Diego Padre who was accused of beating his ex-girlfriend files a countersuit, alleging that he was a victim of domestic violence, according to a published report.

    Outfielder Brian Giles struck his then-girlfriend in front of the children he had with his wife, his ex-wife alleged in court papers, according to a published report.

    "Giles 'struck Cheri [Olvera] with his forearm while they were at the McDonald's drive-thru [in 2004],' Giles' ex-wife, Doddie," said in court in 2004, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. During another incident at Giles' home in the same year, he allegedly pushed Olvera off the couch to the floor and she left the room in tears, according to the same statement.

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    Giles, who is accused in a suit of beating Olvera, his ex-girlfriend, has filed a countersuit, alleging he was a victim of domestic violence, according to a published report. Doddie has not made any allegations of domestic violence against Giles, the paper reported.

    Giles denies allegations made in a civil lawsuit filed by Olvera that he physically abused her. Court documents filed on Dec. 5 accuse Giles of physical abuse and seek $10 million in damages.

    In late December, Giles said, "I categorically deny each and every allegation of the complaint for palimony. This is all about money."

    According to an earlier report in the Union-Tribune, Giles alleged that Olvera kicked him, pulled his hair, tried to stab him with a high-heel shoe and hit him with her car.

    Cary Goldstein, who is defending Olvera, told the paper that "Giles is trying to justify what he did to her."

    The paper also reported that Giles is trying to get a diamond engagement ring back that is worth more than $100,000.