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May 10, 2016

Nerlens Noel wants lawsuit thrown out, says alleged death threat was a leftover Halloween decoration

About a month ago, when the Sixers were seemingly in turmoil, the news broke slightly under the radar that Nerlens Noel was being sued by the property owners of a West Conshohocken home he had leased back in 2014. 

At first, Suzanne and William Bredt alleged that Noel left $42,000 in damages that included destroyed carpets, clogged toilets, and traces of marijuana left in drawers among other things. The Bredts weren’t just seeking $42,000 in the lawsuit, though: 

One day after demanding that Noel pay $42,000 in damages, the Bredts found a skull-clad "RIP" tombstone sitting on the front steps of the property. In response to the perceived "imminent" threat, the Bredts added assault to the lawsuit and upped their demands to more than $75,000.

Obviously, the threat of violence is a more serious charge than a few badly stained rugs. Noel has reportedly filed some litigation of his own and the tombstone allegation is what he’s least happy about. From TMZ:

Now, Noel has finally fired back in legal docs of his own -- adamantly denying he went "Project X" on the place. In fact, Nerlens says he tried to work with the owners to repair the carpet damage even though he wasn't entirely convinced he damaged them in the first place. 

But Nerlens is clearly most upset about the tombstone allegation -- insisting it was just a Halloween decoration that was left on the property a few weeks before the holiday ... and doesn't amount to a threat. Nerlens wants the whole case thrown out, stat ... and we're guessing he'll never rent from these people again.

Stay tuned on this one.

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