Waukesha Christmas tragedy: Darrell Brooks beat up ex moments before driving through parade, documents say


Darrell Brooks Jr. allegedly beat up his ex-girlfriend – and gave her a black eye and a split lip – in the minutes before he plowed his SUV through the crowd of revelers at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., killing six and injuring dozens more.

Brooks, 39, was "very upset and angry" with his ex-girlfriend because he thought she was talking to other men when he began driving erratically and physically attacking the woman shortly after 4 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2021, she told police.

New details surrounding the horror were revealed in a second amended complaint, filed late Wednesday in Waukesha County Court. The complaint notes the addition of 71 more charges against the career criminal, who was already facing six counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Brooks gave his ex another black eye the day before, she said, and he was out on bail after allegedly punching her in the face and running her over with his red Ford Escape on Nov. 2.

Ahead of the attack, she said he was also verbally abusive and tried to steal her cellphone.

Brooks is currently being held on $5 million cash bond and is due back in Waukesha court on Friday morning. The new charges against him include first-degree recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon; hit-and-run resulting in death; felony bail jumping; and misdemeanor domestic abuse.

In Brooks’ only remarks from behind bars, he told Fox News Digital that he felt "demonized" and "dehumanized."

The 32-page document provides a glimpse into the moments leading up to the terror, which began at around 4:40 p.m. on Nov. 21.

At around 4 p.m., Brooks had scared his ex by beating her up in the car and driving erratically – with one hand on the wheel and the other smacking her in the face, according to the amended complaint.

Her right leg was still in a boot at the time, because three weeks earlier, Brooks allegedly ran her over at a gas station.

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