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David Chase's past legal troubles similar to current issue

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A great deal of talk and courtroom time has been devoted to the case of prominent Nashville developer David Chase.

Chase is accused of assaulting his girlfriend last fall, then avoiding the mandatory 12-hour cooling-off period when a lawyer intervened with the judge.

The Channel 4 I-Team has learned an incident in Chase's past is similar to the trouble he is facing now.

In the fall of 2010, Chase sued a man for punching him in a bar fight. He asked for more than $75,000 in damages.

The countersuit filed later by the man in the bar paints an interesting picture of Chase and how he allegedly dealt with another failed romantic relationship.

The court papers said Chase had dated a woman, but "refused to accept that the relationship was over" and "instead, engaged in a pattern of behavior to threaten, intimidate, embarrass and humiliate the woman."

The 2011 countersuit said Chase attempted to "sabotage (the woman's) new relationships." The countersuit also claimed she "was still attempting to contact him through the use of text messages," something Chase also claimed about the woman he is now embroiled with.

The countersuit said Chase went so far as to publish "intimate personal photographs" of the woman on Facebook.

The case was never covered in the media, but allegations of domestic violence involving Chase and another woman a few years later did become newsworthy.

In January of 2011, the countersuit said Chase "maliciously and without probable cause" had issued an order of protection and a warrant against the ex-girlfriend whose photos he posted on Facebook.

The woman was arrested and incarcerated for "approximately 12 hours." She served the same sort of cooling-off period Chase later managed to avoid.

Ultimately, the order of protection and all actions against her were dismissed, as were all complaints against Chase.

This was the fifth order of protection to come out of their obviously troubled relationship.

Rich McGee, Chase's attorney, said in his eyes, none of this is relevant to Chase's predicament now.

"It is incredibly unfair to bring up these old, unproven, discredited allegations at a time when Mr. Chase is fighting to prove his innocence once again," McGee told the I-Team.

The allegations are from a period of time when the woman in question filed repeated legal motions against Chase, all of which were dismissed and determined to be without merit.

All of the orders of protection sought by Chase and the woman in this relationship were ultimately dismissed.

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