John Paul Elverdin
(CNN) — Two ladies have accused former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman of sexually abusing them as minors within the Nineteen Seventies, according to lawsuits filed this week.
One of the ladies is described because the daughter of a Foreman advisor and supervisor, whereas the second lady is the daughter of a boxer who, according to the paperwork, educated with him.
They are demanding a jury trial and damages in opposition to Foreman and anybody who could also be liable for the alleged abuses. Those further events might be added to the lawsuit as extra details about the case turns into obtainable, the paperwork stated.
Foreman denied the allegations in an announcement on Wednesday.
“In the past six months, two women have tried to extort millions of dollars from me and my family. They falsely claim that I sexually assaulted them more than 45 years ago, in the 1970s. I vehemently and categorically deny these allegations,” he stated.
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“The pride I have in my reputation means as much to me as my athletic achievements, and I will not be intimidated by unwarranted threats and lies. I am and will always be guided by my faith and trust in God. I will working with my attorneys to fully and truthfully expose my accusers’ plot and defend myself in court. I’m not looking for arguments, but I’m not running away from them either,” Foreman added.
The lawsuits, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, don’t title Foreman, however present figuring out particulars, together with that the alleged shooter is “a former professional heavyweight boxer who turned pro in 1969” and was inducted into World Boxing. Hall of Fame and the International Boxing Hall of Fame.”
The lawsuits additionally say that the defendant grew to become world heavyweight champion in 1973 and ultimately misplaced the title to Muhammad Ali in 1974.
One of the alleged victims, named Denise S. within the lawsuit, says she was educated “at a young age” by the boxer and accuses Foreman of having intercourse with Denise S. when she was a minor. .
The second alleged sufferer, whom she calls Gwen H., alleges that Foreman sexually assaulted her when she was between the ages of 15 and 16 after he “threatened that if she disobeyed her father would lose his job.”
CNN has contacted the attorneys for each ladies.
Boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist Foreman twice defended the coveted world heavyweight title earlier than shedding it to Muhammad Ali within the 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” and once more turning into world heavyweight champion, earlier than retiring for good in 1997.
Sonia Moghe of CNN contributed to this report.
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