Charges of domestic violence against Nuggets star Ty Lawson dropped by district attorney

DENVER - Charges of domestic violence-related harassment and property damage against Denver Nuggets star Tywon "Ty" Lawson were dropped Tuesday.

Lisa Pinto, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorney, informed 7NEWS of the decision Tuesday afternoon.

"Based on our continued investigation and developments after the filing of the cases, we dismissed the cases in the interest of justice," Pinto said.

Lawson and his pregnant girlfriend, Ashley Pettiford, were arrested on Aug. 17 following an early morning dispute in their home. The affidavits for both arrests indicate that a sheriff's deputy was sent to the house and found a significant mess.

"I could see clothing, laptops, shoes, storage bins, hangers and other property strewn about the hallway and had to climb over it all to get into the bedroom," the deputy wrote.

The documents also contained allegations from Pettiford that Lawson pushed her, threw her clothing around and ran her phone under a faucet.

Pettiford was arrested for criminal mischief for breaking Lawson's phone by throwing it against a wall. Charges against her were also dismissed.

In October, the Nuggets gave Lawson a four-year contract extension worth $48 million, according to ESPN. He was the Nuggets' highest scorer last season.

A four-year veteran, Lawson was drafted 18th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009 and traded to the Nuggets in exchange for a future first-round pick.

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