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Lodge tried to settle NY lawsuit: court

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016 Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

Former NRL prop Matthew Lodge offered to settle for a "small amount" a $US1.3 million ($A1.7 million) civil lawsuit filed by three alleged victims of his New York rampage, a Manhattan court was told.

Husband-and-wife Joseph Cartright and Ruth Fowler and German tourist Carolin Dekeyser, however, are pushing ahead with their lawsuit.

The trio has detailed in new filings in the US District Court the pain, suffering and economic loss they claim to have suffered when the towering former Wests Tigers prop burst into an Upper West Side apartment building at about 4am on October 16 last year.

"On May 20, 2016, Lodge contacted our firm to ask whether plaintiffs would be willing to drop the case or settle it for a small amount," the trio's lawyer, Renan Varghese, told US District Court Judge Ronald Ellis.

"On the call, Lodge confirmed that he is aware of this action, yet has not retained an attorney to defend against it.

"Indeed, Lodge appears to be willfully ignoring this action and is in default."

Mr Cartright, Ms Fowler and Ms Dekeyser have asked Judge Ellis to issue a judgment against Lodge despite his failure to contest the lawsuit.

Lodge is also facing criminal proceedings for the New York incident.

In the criminal case, Lodge entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanour reckless assault charge and will be sentenced in December.

In an affidavit Ms Dekeyser, who was visiting New York for a week, described how she was confronted by "a thickly-muscled, visibly intoxicated" Lodge when she arrived in a taxi with a female friend outside the apartment building.

"Lodge began yelling after us, telling us that we should 'come to Australia' with him," she said.

"Enraged when we refused to respond, Lodge chased after us, violently grabbing me by the shoulders, shaking me, and spinning me around so that I had to face him, all the while holding me with an iron grip so that I could not escape."

Ms Dekeyser said she frantically tried to gain entry to the building with her friend, Lodge followed and when Mr Cartright came to help Lodge said: "Do you think you're going to die? This is the night you're going to die."

Mr Cartright said Lodge put him in a headlock and viciously punched him repeatedly in the head, forced his way into his apartment and smashed his family's furniture and belongings.

Ms Fowler described how she attempted to hide in their bathroom with their nine-year-old son.

"Lodge then walked over to the bathroom door and punched it with such extreme force that he put a hole where my head was placed," Ms Fowler said.

Lodge, who was arrested at gunpoint by NYPD officers, was sacked by the Wests Tigers after the incident.

He has reportedly met with Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett about potentially returning to the NRL.

If their civil case is successful, the trio's lawyers have said they will pursue Lodge's assets and earnings in Australia.

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