According to reports, two women who accused George Foreman of sexual assault in the 1970s are going to file a lawsuit against him.
The former boxer is now 73 years old. He rejects the accusations and claims they are an effort at extortion.
Foreman stated to The Post:
“Over the past six months, two women have been trying to extort millions of dollars each from me and my family. 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.”
According to TMZ, the dads of the two ladies were acquainted with Foreman and had a “working relationship” with him at the time. A lawsuit is reportedly about to be filed in Los Angeles. The ladies have been requesting $12.5 million from Foreman each since January.
Foreman won the heavyweight boxing gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He also won the heavyweight championship in 1973 but lost it to Muhammad Ali the following year.
In 1994, when he was 45 years old, he made a surprising comeback to the sport. He defeated Michael Moorer, a 26-year-old opponent who had never lost. Foreman won the match to claim the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.
Foreman amassed wealth in his post-fighting career as an entrepreneur. He is most notably known for his famous grill. The product eventually brought in over $200 million.