Lawsuit claims boxer George Foreman sexually molested two youngsters in the 1970s
Former heavyweight champion and professional boxer George Foreman is being sued in California on allegations that he sexually assaulted at least two women when they were minors in the 1970s.
It does not name Foreman, but the alleged abuser is identified as a former professional heavyweight boxer who defeated Joe Frazier in 1973 to become the heavyweight champion of the world. The case was filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. After defeating Frazier on January 22, 1973, Foreman was crowned champion.
According to a statementstatements, Foreman refutes the claims and says that his accusers are “trying to extort millions of dollars each from me and my family.”
Denise S., who filed the lawsuit, claims Foreman “grooming” her from a young age by treating her to ice cream and letting her sit in the passenger seat of his car.
The lawsuit claims that Denise S. is the daughter of a boxer from Oakland who trained with Foreman in the early 1970s. According to the story, she first encountered Forman when she was just eight years old.
The lawsuit alleges that the sexual assault and misbehaviour occurred when Denise S. was between the ages of 13 and 16, when she was too young to give informed consent. According to the lawsuit, the foreman was at least 23 years old.
According to the lawsuit, Foreman and Denise S. had sexual relations on multiple occasions when she was 15 years old, and on at least one occasion, Foreman sexually abused Denise S. in a hotel room in San Francisco.
The claim was filed under California’s new law that extends the statute of limitations for suing over sexual abuse in childhood.
An individual who claims they were sexually assaulted in California has 22 years from the day they turned 18 to file a lawsuit, or five years from the date they found or should have known that their psychological harm or sickness was caused by the assault.
Denise S. claims in her lawsuit that she suffered damages “in an amount not yet ascertained, but which exceeds the minimum jurisdictional limits of this Court,” including “physical and mental pain and suffering,” “past and future costs of medical care and treatment,” and “past and future loss of earnings and earning capacity.”
She is demanding a jury trial and monetary damages of unknown amount.
According to the lawsuit, Denise S. told a friend and business acquaintance of Foreman’s named “Ron,” about the abuse, and Ron allegedly told her that he knew of at least one other victim who Foreman had sexually molested when she was a minor.
Ron allegedly questioned Foreman at least once about the alleged abuse of the two youngsters, and Foreman allegedly did not reject the claims.
The New York Times reports that a second case was filed by a woman who only identified herself as Gwen H. She claims that she met Foreman when she was less than 10 and that he groomed her.
No one knows for sure if “Gwen H” is the other teen Ron claims to have seen Foreman torture.
Foreman told ABC News that he will consult with his legal team in an effort to “fully and truthfully expose my accusers’ scheme and defend myself in court. I don’t pick fights, but I don’t run away from them either.”
“They are falsely claiming that I sexually abused them over 45 years ago in the 1970s. I adamantly and categorically deny these allegations. The pride I take in my reputation means as much to me as my sports accomplishments, and I will not be intimidated by baseless threats and lies,” the foreman remarked.