Two women who accused the former American heavyweight world champion george foreman of having sexually abused them in the 1970s have filed lawsuits in a court of The Angels.
The women filed separate lawsuits Wednesday under the pseudonyms Gwen H. and Denise F. in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Foreman, 73, has denied the allegations since they were made public last month. Both complainants, now in their 60s, say they met Foreman as children because their parents worked with the fighter.
Denise, a Los Angeles resident, accused the former American athlete of having seduced her when she was 8 years old and having sexual relations with her when she was 15once in a San Francisco hotel room, according to his lawsuit.
For her part, Gwen, a resident of Nevada, said she met Foreman when she was 9 years old, and accused him of sexually abusing her and raping her when she was 15 and 16 years old, even in a Beverly Hills apartment. She said Foreman told her her father would lose her job as a consultant if she didn’t agree.
The former boxer described the accusations as false and unfounded. Foreman is referred to in the lawsuits as DOE 1, but he is described as the professional boxer who he defeated Joe Frazier in 1973 to become world heavyweight champion before losing the title to Muhammad Ali in 1974.
The complaints were filed in the wake of a California law that took effect in 2020 that temporarily lifts the statute of limitations that had barred victims of childhood sexual abuse from filing civil cases. Both women are seeking a jury trial and an unspecified amount of damages.
With information from Reuters
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