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Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive end Frank Clark stands on the field during rookie mini-camp Friday.

A hotel manager informed police former Michigan standout and Seattle Seahawks rookie Frank Clark told her, "I will hit you like I hit her," according to a report in the Seattle Times.

Clark was accused of hitting of his then- girlfriend Diamond Hurt during an argument Nov. 15 at a Sandusky, Ohio, hotel. Clark and the Seahawks deny the assault took place.

The initial charge of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence and assault was reduced to fourth-degree persistent disorderly conduct.

Clark was dismissed from the Michigan football team two days after the Nov. 15 incident was reported.

The hotel manager's written statement to police made a day after the incident was part of newly released documents through a public information request. It comes to light as the NFL team is facing increased scrutiny for taking the defensive lineman with its top draft pick.

Stephanie Burkhardt, the night manager, said she entered the couple's hotel room when Clark threatened her and then shouldered her out of the way as he left. She declined to press charges against Clark.

Burkhardt told the Seattle Times she was not contacted by Sandusky County prosecutor Lynne Gast-King, who decided to reduce charges. Clark completed a 25-week domestic violence awareness program and paid $350 in fines and court costs.

"I don't know why they didn't even question me about it," Burkhardt told the Seattle Times. "He straight up admitted to hitting her, and they didn't do anything about it."

The police report in the case showed that officers responded to calls about a disturbance at the hotel and found Clark in the parking lot with bloody scratches on his nose and the odor of alcohol "emanating" from him, according to the police report.

Inside, they found two broken lamps and a woman, Hurt, with a welt on her cheek and blood on one side of her head.

Hurt's 15-year-old brother told police Clark "grabbed (Hurt) by her throat, picked her up off the ground and slammed her to the ground while also landing on top of her."

Clark reiterated on Friday that he should not have put himself in that position.

"I believe this whole thing about (domestic violence), I believe it's a major thing. I believe no woman, nobody in specific should go through it," Clark said. "Like I said, myself personally, in my case I believe I put myself in a bad position."

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the team's investigation into Clark's background and the arrest last November led them to fully believe that Clark deserved an opportunity to be drafted.

"I think he'll continue to show you why," Carroll said. "We'll support him through it. He's got a great opportunity and I think he's going to take advantage of it and do the right thing. I think he's going to be an asset and be a positive and a plus to us as we watch him develop."

Associated Press contributed