Speaking publicly for the first time, the MacArthur attacker's girlfriend told reporters Wednesday there were no warning signs to her boyfriend's cannibalistic attack on a homeless man.
In a prepared statement, 27-year-old Yovonka Bryant, who claims she was dating Rudy Eugene, the man shot dead after he chewed out most of a homeless man's face, said she wanted to describe the Eugene she knew, not justify his actions.
"I love Rudy Eugene," Bryant said. "I felt safe with Rudy." She described Eugene, 31, as a family man and a religious person. Bryant said they never discussed voodoo or cannibalism and that her boyfriend was likely drugged without his knowledge.
"The time Rudy and I spent together, we took my kids out to the park, we dined in restaurants, we had family game and movie night at one of my relativesí house, we often engaged in debates over what God really meant to people, and who was the biggest Miami Heat fan," Bryant said.
High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing Bryant, said she was hired in order expose the truth about who Rudy Eugene was.
"This is a high-profile case, she wanted to have the truth come out about her relationship with Rudy Eugene, and to have people understand who he was from her point of view, from her knowledge, from her experience. And that is why I'm here, to help her to have a voice and to help her tell what her relationship was and was not since Rudy Eugene can't speak for himself," Allred said at a news conference.
Allred defended publicity claims by the media and maintained she was hired to clarify the confusion surrounding Eugene and his girlfriend.
The lawyer stated that Bryant, a single mother of three, had been dating Eugene since March. She said her client had not spoken to any member of the media and was not the woman interviewed by The Miami Herald that blamed the incident on voodoo.
Bryant said Eugene never drank alcohol or did drugs around her. She said he only saw him smoke a marijuana cigarette one time.
Allred said Bryant, who lives in Miramar and is a billing specialist for a certified public accountant, read the Bible with Eugene and had communicated with him by text message the day before his death.
She would not disclose the content of the texts.
The attorney did not let Bryant directly answer any questions at the news conference.
Gloria Allred, Man-Eater