Johnny Manziel Leaves Trail Of Cocaine And Cigarette Burns At WeHo Rental
You know you've really taken it too far when Kathy Griffin calls the cops to shut down your party. Texas oil scion and former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny "Johnny Football" Manziel allegedly wreaked havoc on a West Hollywood rental home, causing $32,000 worth of damages in just two days. The charges come via a lawyer for real estate broker Nicholas Goodwin, whose company LA Exotic Life rented the $4.5 million pad to Manziel. Page Six reports that the former Heisman Trophy winner rented out the house with a pal and threw two consecutive all-night ragers. One has to imagine that a real estate company specializing in renting exotic villas, vehicles, and jets called "LA Exotic Life" has seen their fair share of party clean-up, begging the question of just how badly things had to have gone to hit their radar.
"Evidence suggests [Manziel] and his guests were consuming drugs and alcohol... and that they caused a disturbance to the neighborhood," Goodwin's lawyer told Manziel's reps in a letter obtained by Page Six.
And by evidence, they mean pictures. Photos obtained by Page Six show lines of white powder laid out atop an ugly but very expensive-looking coffee table and an open bag of what is claimed to be magic mushrooms.
USA Today reports that Goodman claims Manziel had assured him "the rental was to be used strictly for his own personal and private use" despite surveillance footage showing otherwise.
Team Manziel is also said to have marked their territory with assorted wine stains ($8,500 replacement fee for master bedroom carpeting) and cigarette burns ($8,000 replacement fee for living room floor), along with the destruction of a pricey glass table ($2,400 replacement fee) and a bathroom door ($650 replacement fee). Los Angeles police responded to a noise complaints from neighbors in the wee hours of April 6. Those complaints included a call from Griffin, per Page Six. If you're opening your calendar app right now, we'll save you the trouble: yes, April 6 was a Wednesday. Or perhaps more accurately, a Tuesday night.
"I'm not sure what their motivations are, but legitimate legal claims are rarely negotiated in the tabloids," Denise Michaels, Manziel's D.C.-based publicist said in an email to USA TODAY. "A request for payment was forwarded to me and I was in the midst of checking its credibility and determining what, if any, payment was warranted when they decided to put out these pictures."
Goodwin told Page Six that he arrived at the property on April 6 two hours after Manziel was expected to have checked out. Instead, he found the former quarterback passed out on the sofa, amidst a hell of a mess:
They were supposed to check out at noon. Manziel was passed out... There was cocaine all over the kitchen table, and mushrooms were still out on the table in front of him. There was booze everywhere... broken glasses over the floor and a Champagne glass in a tree.
It remains unclear how a champagne glass ended up in a tree.