While Floyd Mayweather took on Marcos Maidana on Saturday night, the boxer’s ex-fiancée Shantel Jackson attended Face Forward’s annual fundraising gala took on a more important fight, the fight against domestic violence.
“I want to be another voice for women who have gone through domestic violence,” she told HipHollywood while on the red carpet.
Earlier this month, the model announced that she was suing Mayweather for assault, battery, invasion of privacy, defamation and false imprisonment. Court documents, obtained by HipHollywood, reveal the shocking and disturbing details about the former couple’s toxic relationship and for Shantel, reliving the nightmare in the public eye has not been easy.
“It’s definitely hard but I just want women or anyone who has gone through domestic violence to know it’s never too late to speak out about the situation and you should never feel trapped,” she explained.
Jackson stood alongside her famous lawyer, Gloria Allred who praised the model for being so courageous.
“I am very proud of Shantel for wanting to be here to support battered women and to help encourage them to have a voice,” Allred said.
While on the red carpet, the night’s attendees also shared their reaction to the scandal surrounding former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and wife, Janay Palmer.
“That was something that was uncalled for, for anybody, but especially a professional athlete that lives his life hurting people,” boxing champion Sugar Shane Mosley said.
Face Forward is an incredible foundation that works with advocates around the nation to identify victims of domestic violence who are working towards recovery yet carry the physical evidence of past abuse. Audrey Mabrey, a FF patient also shared with us her thoughts regarding the video that shows Rice knocking his then fiancée unconscious.
“Janay is only one woman this is occurring to, there are millions of cases out there,” she said.
For more information on Face Forward, head over to Faceforwardla.org.
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