State district judge issues order resetting trial in 2016 restaurant assault case

By John Suayan | Sep 15, 2017

HOUSTON – A local state district judge issued an order resetting the trial in a 2016 lawsuit claiming the son of a professional basketball superstar was assaulted and robbed at a Houston restaurant, recent Harris County District Court records show.

On Sept. 12, Harris County 151st District Court Judge Mike Engelhart ordered the case styled Malone v. VLive@Vintage Steakhouse to be reset for trial for a two-week period beginning Aug. 6, 2018.

Moses Malone, Jr. pursued legal action in response to an attack on the premises of VLive@Vintage Steakhouse, doing business as VLive Houston, on the night of June 25, 2016.

The plaintiff, whose father was the late ex-Houston Rockets player Moses Malone, Sr., asserts a group of men kicked and punched in plain sight of the restaurant’s security and staff. The assailants subsequently made off with his jewelry, court documents state.

The younger Malone further alleges that Rockets point guard James Harden paid the assailants $20,000 to carry out the assault. Harden, a five-time National Basketball Association All-Star, claims he had nothing to do with the subject event, insisting that he does not know the identities of the people who assaulted Malone.

Harris County 151st District Court Case No. 2016-52944

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