Houston Texans running back Arian Foster and Brittany Norwood
HOUSTON - A Houston woman who says she is pregnant with Arian Foster's baby is taking the Texans running back to court.
Brittany Norwood, a 20-year-old University of Houston senior, says Foster has been pressuring her to get an abortion.
Norwood claims she didn't know Foster was married with children when she had sex with him last summer. She said they were first intimate at Hotel ZaZa where Foster was staying during training camp.
Norwood said they also spent a week together in California in November while Foster was recovering from back surgery. Norwood sold photos of them together in California to TMZ.
"I truly fell in love with this person," Norwood said.
Foster has not commented about Norwood's claims, but he has spoken publicly about his marriage and posted photos of his daughter on social media.
Norwood said everything changed when she told Foster she was pregnant and wanted to keep the baby.
"He's like, 'You can't have this, you can't have this kid, like, we cannot bring a child into this, like, think about my kids,' " Norwood said.
She said Foster began sending text messages urging her to end the pregnancy.
"You just can't bring a life into this world under these circumstances. It's not fair to anyone. It's not just about you," read one message, according to Norwood.
She said Foster's brother, Abdul, also sent messages.
"He's like, 'You know, if you loved Arian at all you would have an abortion because this child is going to ruin everything,' " Norwood said. " 'Like, our whole family will never accept this child.' "
Norwood said the baby is a boy and he's due in June. She said Foster hasn't helped with her medical bills.
"I'm 20, I'm scared, I'm another single mom," she said through tears.
Norwood's attorney has filed a temporary restraining order against Foster, saying he recklessly engaged in a pattern of outrageous conduct that caused Norwood to "suffer severe emotional distress."
"We want his conduct to stop," said attorney Douglas York. "We want him to communicate effectively and we want the harassment to end."
They are also asking the court to force Foster to submit to DNA tests to prove he is the father.
Norwood had this message for Foster: "I just want you to love and want the exact same life for my son that I do."
Meanwhile, Foster's attorney, Alvin Zimmerman, said this is a matter pending in court and he's not ready to comment.
A hearing on the restraining order is set for Wednesday morning.
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