George Foreman Says Sexual Abuse Allegations Are False
George Foreman is denying sexual abuse allegations.
Two women are reportedly accusing Foreman of sexual abuse that allegedly happened in the 1970s. The former heavyweight champion posted a statement on Wednesday, saying that the accusation is not true and that he will clear his name.
“Over the past six months, two women have been trying to extort millions of dollars each from me and my family,” Foreman said.
“They are falsely claiming that I sexually abused them over 45 years ago in the 1970s. I adamantly and categorically deny these allegations.”
The lawsuit will be filed in Los Angeles by the two women, according to TMZ. Both of the women’s fathers had a “friendship and working relationship” with Foreman decades ago, the report added.
They are seeking $12.5 million each from the now 73-year-old Foreman.
Foreman is considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time.
He is best known for his clashes with Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali. He was knocked out by Ali in 1974 in their “Rumble in the Jungle” match, which is regarded as one of the most famous moments in sports history.
At 46 years old, Foreman became the oldest world heavyweight champion in boxing history.
Outside of sports, Foreman is known for his famous George Foreman Grill.
“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,” he added.
“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.”