Shortly after releasing information about a family law case to the media, attorneys representing Arian Foster walked into a courtroom without saying a word to photographers and reporters and asked a judge to issue a gag order on the case.
The order was eventually granted, but not before the 20 year old woman on the other side of the case had her say.
"My heart truly goes out to that woman," Brittany Norwood said. "I've never met her, and I cannot imagine what she's going through."
Norwood is talking about Foster's wife, someone she says she didn't even know existed, until after she started an intimate relationship with Foster that eventually resulted in a pregnancy.
Norwood insists she is not home wrecker.
"I didn't know he was married at the time (the relationship started). In my head, I'm like he's Arian Foster, why wouldn't he try to hide this? I would, because people look at him as this devoted husband and great dad," she explained. "Two weeks into (the relationship), I asked him. I said, ‘I don't even know how to ask you this but are your married?' And he said ‘yes. Let me explain to you the situation.' He said ‘I only got married because she got pregnant with my and daughter and she's from Germany and legally she can't be here so I had to get married.' He goes, 'it's just an arrangement. She's more like a roommate than she is my wife. So it's not like that at all, which you can see from all these test messages."
Norwood released several text messages she said came from Foster.
One reads, "Did I not say you filled a void in me that I had never felt before? Don't let this wife and kids facade fool you."
Another reads, " I never have sex with my wife, but when I do, you're in my mind."
The phone numbers attached to the text messages have been linked to Foster.
"So in my mind I'm like there are arrangements every day," Norwood said. "There are all kinds of marriages that happen for legal purposes. I'm like he's met my girlfriends. We've been out all over Houston together. People have seen us together. So (at the time the relationship was happening) I didn't think in my heart that they were genuinely in a marriage. He invited me over to their house!"
He also posed for pictures with Norwood.
But she says everything changed when she learned she was pregnant.
Norwood is now suing Foster, claiming he constantly pressured her to terminate her pregnancy, which caused her suffer emotional distress.
She offered additional text messages as proof. One text says she's not ready to have a child. Another that they can't bring a life into the world, and still another talks about his fear that his wife will take his children from him.
"The whole reason all this came out was because he told me my son was never gonna have the same life as the other two children, and as any mother in the world will tell you, as soon as you find out you're gonna be a mom you do everything in your power to protect your child," she said. "So if you have the father of your children looking at you and saying your child doesn't deserve what (his other) two kids have, mommy mode comes on."
Foster's attorneys aren't denying he fathered Norwood's unborn baby, but they did file a defamation lawsuit against her. Even so,
she's standing by her lawsuit. And her claims that Foster misled her into a relationship she would have never entertained if she had known the truth about his marriage.
"That's girl code. I don't need another woman's man. I don't," she said. "And if he would've told me from the beginning, 'hey this woman's emotions are involved in it' ( I would've stayed away), but he just told me it was for citizenship."