Another day another law suit, this time boxing legend Ge3orge Foreman is being accused of sexual assault.
According to The Hollywood Reporter two women are suing George Foreman alleging they were raped in the 1970s when they were teenagers.
In a pair of lawsuits, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the women said their fathers worked with Foreman, who started grooming them as children.
They claimed they were assaulted in California years after initially meeting him. They each seek upward of $25 million.
Foreman denied the allegations.
“Over the past six months, two women have been trying to extort millions of dollars each from me and my family,” he said in a statement.
“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. I am, and always will be, guided by my faith and trust in God.
I will work with my lawyers 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.”
The lawsuit was brought under an amendment passed in 2020 to California’s statute of limitations for certain sex crimes, giving victims of childhood sexual assault more time to sue. The amended law allows plaintiffs to sue within five years of discovering an injury caused by the assault. Judy Huth notably brought a lawsuit against Bill Cosby alleging she was raped at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old under the law. In June, a Los Angeles jury found that the comedian assaulted her.
The women suing Foreman claimed they suffer “physical and mental pain and suffering” that they discovered at an unspecified date. They brought their lawsuits under pseudonyms. Foreman is also listed as a Doe defendant but is identified as a former professional heavyweight boxer who went professional in 1969 and defeated Joe Frazier for the heavyweight championship in 1973.
Los Angeles County resident Denise S. said she met Foreman when she was 8 years old and was groomed by the boxer over several years.
“When Plaintiff was 13 years old, Doe called Plaintiff at her home in Hayward, California and asked Plaintiff if she knew how to masturbate,” states the complaint. “During the call, Doe gave plaintiff instructions on how to masturbate herself.”
Foreman raped her several times in 1976, according to the suit. On one occasion, he allegedly assaulted her while staying at a San Francisco hotel.
In a separate complaint, Nevada resident Gwen H. said Foreman invited her to his apartment when she was 15 years old after meeting him years earlier in Philadelphia. She claimed he threatened to fire her father, who was a longtime advisor to the boxer.
“DOE threatened that if she didn’t comply, her dad would lose his job,” the complaint states. “DOE then instructed Plaintiff to remove her clothes. Feeling the duress and coercion of this threat, Plaintiff complied with DOE’s commands.”
Foreman raped her several times until she was 16 years old, according to the suit.
Both of the women said they told an unnamed friend and business associate of Foreman about being assaulted by the boxer. They were told that he was aware of at least one other victim whom Foreman sexually abused when she was a minor, the lawsuit said. When confronted, Foreman allegedly didn’t deny the allegation.
The complaints allege sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
2 women have been trying to extort $millions from George Forman. They’re claiming sexual assault from the 70s. pic.twitter.com/XOiZFKKk7n
— HWD Sports/BlackPolitics/Controversy (@hwd_sports) July 15, 2022
Smh! So now we cancelling GF GRIILS???RKelly was just the gateway #FreeRKelly and y’all black folk helped pushed the narrative—-so now Im supposed to Throw Away my George Forman Grills? Because we skipping police reports&interrogation rooms&simply filing lawsuits #injustice https://t.co/06v0MUhff8
— Honey Harvey (@HoneyHarvey19) August 25, 2022
I just saw where George Forman is being investigated for Sex Abuse. The police are "Grilling him now"
— Marty Taylor (@MartyTa94849826) August 25, 2022
It should be a law that after a certain amount of years people can’t confess crime. They trying to hit George Forman for something he did in his 20s, man is 73 now
— Lou (@lgotti91) August 24, 2022
At that time ?? Come on man they had 49 years. They’ve been grown women for 40 of em. You really think someone with George Forman would just do it to 2 girls around the same time and never before or after ?
— Jahfar Stuffer (@frokuthedon) August 26, 2022