CLEVELAND -- A Playboy Playmate accused of karate-kicking
the ex-girlfriend of NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia was acquitted
Wednesday of a misdemeanor assault charge.
But Carmella DeCesare, who is dating the Cleveland Browns
player, was convicted of violating a protection order and placed on
probation for one year.
Judge Anita Laster Mays also ordered DeCesare to pay a $150 fine
and serve 24 hours of community service.
According to testimony, Garcia dated Kristen Hine, 32, four or
five times but later dropped her for DeCesare, 22.
The Playmate of the Year testified Wednesday that Garcia cheated
on her with Hine. Nasty phone calls and threatening voice mails
followed and culminated in a confrontation Aug. 21 at the Tramp
Name-calling ensued, and a friend of Hine's dumped a drink on
DeCesare. Each woman had to be restrained. Hine accused DeCesare of
grabbing a dance pole and kicking her in the head.
DeCesare told the judge that she was dancing on a table when one
of Hine's friends started "coming at me full-force, swinging like
She said she kicked the woman in self-defense but denied kicking
Garcia testified that DeCesare was defending herself. "It's
embarrassing that I am here today, to be caught up in a situation
like this," he said.