Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 | 12:51 p.m.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been formally charged with eight crimes -- four felonies and four misdemeanors -- after allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend and stealing her cell phone during an argument in front of their three children last week.
Mayweather was charged with two counts of coercion, one count of robbery and one count of grand larceny, all felonies; and one count of battery domestic violence and three counts of harassment, which are misdemeanors, according to a criminal complaint filed in Clark County.
The coercion counts stem from Mayweather allegedly threatening to "beat" two of his children if they called 911 or left the house, according to the complaint.
During the argument with his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, Mayweather allegedly grabbed her hair and threw her to the floor, the complaint stated.
He also allegedly threatened to kill Harris and her boyfriend or make her boyfriend "disappear," according to the criminal complaint.
Mayweather is scheduled for an initial appearance Nov. 9 in Las Vegas Justice Court.
Mayweather, 33, said nothing as he was released from the Clark County jail Friday on $3,000 bail after being booked on a grand larceny charge. He could face up to five years in state prison if he is convicted of taking items valued at less than $2,500.
Mayweather's lawyer, Richard Wright, has denied Mayweather was guilty of the criminal charges based on allegations by Josie Harris.
Documents show Harris and Mayweather lived together for seven years and separated in May after 15 "on and off" years.
A nine-page request for a protection order alleges Mayweather pulled Harris's hair, punched her in the head and twisted her arm while she screamed for their children, ranging in age from 7 to almost 11, to call 911.
"He yelled and screamed that he was going to kill me and my boyfriend," Harris wrote. "Floyd has threatened to have other people do harm to me as well and if (there) is a way I can be protected from that please help me."
Harris was treated at a Las Vegas hospital last week for minor injuries.
Mayweather is considered one of the sport's top performers, with a record of 41-0 and 25 knockouts. He goes by the nickname "Money" and earned more than $20 million in May from his fight in Las Vegas against "Sugar" Shane Mosley.