Boxing great and healthy grill king, George Foreman, claimed that two women are trying to extort him for millions with fictional sexual abuse accusations against him.
He vehemently denied the allegations made against him by two women who said the sexually abused them in the 1970’s, and have been hounding him for combined $25 million in “a coordinated extortion plot” since January.
“Over the past six months, two women have been trying to extort millions of dollars each from me and my family,” he began in a lengthy statement on 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,” Foreman, 73, continued.
According to TMZ, the women knew Foreman through their fathers, who had reportedly worked with the former heavy-weight champ in the past. The unnamed women are expected to formally file a lawsuit in the days ahead.
“I am, and always will be, guided by my faith and trust in God,” Foreman said. He went on to declare the strength of his position. “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 1968 Olympic gold medalist concluded.
Foreman boxed professionally from 1967 to 1997, but retired for ten years in 1977, after being defeated in Puerto Rico by Jimmy Young. In 1987, he made his comeback at age 38 to knock out Steve Zouski after four rounds.
He became the oldest fighter to ever win a world championship against Michael Moorer in 1994, twenty years after he lost his first title to Muhammad Ali in 1974.