George Foreman, 73, ‘will be sued by two women who say he sexually abused them in the 1970s’
George Foreman, 73, ‘will be sued by two women who say he sexually abused them in the 1970s while their fathers worked for him’: Boxing legend denies claims and alleges his accusers are ‘trying to extort millions of dollars’
Ahead of an anticipated lawsuit, boxing legend George Foreman is denying allegations that he sexually abused two women in the 1970s and says his accusers are guilty of extortion.
‘Over the past six months, two women have been trying to extort millions of dollars each from me and my family,’ the multimillionaire said in a statement Wednesday. ‘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.’
TMZ is reporting that a lawsuit is expected to be filed in Los Angeles this week by the two women, who say their fathers worked for the former two-time heavyweight champion in the 1970s.
Sources told TMZ that Foreman is being accused of sexually abusing the two women, who have been seeking $12.5 million from Hall of Famer.
‘I am, and always will be, guided by my faith and trust in God,’ Foreman said. ‘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.’
Ahead of an anticipated lawsuit, boxing legend George Foreman is denying allegations that he sexually abused two women in the 1970s and says his accusers are guilty of extortion
The 73-year-old Foreman is best remembered as one of the most ferocious heavyweights in boxing history, capturing an Olympic gold medal in 1968 before winning his first 40 professional fights, including his thrilling knockout of champion Joe Frazier in 1973.
A year later, Foreman would suffer the sport’s most famous upset in Kinshasa, Zaire, when he was stopped in the eighth round by Muhammad Ali in what is forever known as ‘The Rumble in the Jungle.’
Foreman would go on to retire twice over the next three years, ultimately taking a decade sabbatical from the sport as he became a devout Christian.
In 1987, Foreman embarked on one of the most celebrated comebacks in sports history when he returned to the ring as an overweight 38-year-old 14 fights before suffering a unanimous-decision defeat to champion Evander Holyfield in 1991.
Although he would lose to Tommy Morrison two years later, he reclaimed the WBA title and added the IBF crown with his shocking upset win over Michael Moorer in 1994.
Foreman later retired from boxing after losing to Shannon Brings by majority decision in 1997 at 48.
He’s since enjoyed a successful run as a pitchman, helping to sell hundreds of millions of George Foreman Grills.
Foreman is worth a reported $300 million.
In 1974, Foreman suffered boxing’s most famous upset in Zaire, when he was stopped in the eighth round by Muhammad Ali in what is forever known as ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’