Two women are suing George Foreman for claiming they were raped by the boxing legend in the 1970s when they were teenagers.
In a pair of lawsuits filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the women said their fathers collaborated with Foreman, who began caring for them as children. They claimed they were attacked in California years after they first met him. They are each aiming for more than $25 million.
Foreman denied the allegations. “For the past six months, two women have tried to extort millions of dollars each from me and my family,” he said in a statement. “They falsely claim that I sexually assaulted them more than 45 years ago in the 1970s. I adamantly and categorically deny these allegations. The pride I have in my reputation means as much to me as my athletic achievements, and I will not be intimidated by unwarranted threats and lies. I am and will always be guided by my faith and trust in God. I will work with my attorneys to fully and truthfully expose my accusers’ plan and defend myself in court. I don’t choose fights, but I don’t run away from them either.”
The lawsuit was brought under a 2020 amendment passed to the statute of limitations for certain sex crimes in California, giving victims of childhood sexual assault more time to prosecute. The amended law allows plaintiffs to sue within five years of discovery of an injury caused by the attack. Notably, Judy Huth has filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby for alleging she was raped in the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old under the law. In June, a Los Angeles jury found that the comedian had assaulted her.
The women who sued Foreman claimed they suffered “physical and mental pain and suffering” which they discovered on an unspecified date. They filed their lawsuits under pseudonyms. Foreman is also listed as a Doe Defendant, but is identified as a former professional heavyweight boxer who turned pro in 1969, beating Joe Frazier for the 1973 heavyweight championship.
Los Angeles County resident Denise S. said she met Foreman when she was 8 years old and was cared for by the boxer for several years.
“When Plaintiff was 13 years old, Doe called Plaintiff at her home in Hayward, California and asked if she knew how to masturbate,” the indictment said. “During the phone call, Doe gave the plaintiff instructions on how to masturbate herself.”
Foreman raped her multiple times in 1976, according to the indictment. On one occasion, he allegedly attacked her while staying at a hotel in San Francisco.
In a separate complaint, Nevada resident Gwen H. said Foreman invited her to his apartment when she was 15, after meeting him in Philadelphia years earlier. 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 father would lose his job,” the indictment reads. “DOE subsequently ordered the plaintiff to remove her clothing. Plaintiff felt the coercion and coercion of this threat and obeyed DOE’s orders.”
Foreman raped her multiple times until she was 16 years old, the indictment said.
Both women said they told an unnamed friend and business partner of Foreman’s that they had been attacked by the boxer. They were told he was aware of at least one other victim who sexually assaulted Foreman when she was a minor, the lawsuit said. When confronted, Foreman would not deny the accusation.
The complaints allege sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Foreman is represented by Shawn Holley and Suann MacIsaac of Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump Holley.