De La Hoya accused of sexual assault, denies it

Boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya is accused of sexual assault by an unidentified woman in court papers submitted for filing in the California Superior Court for Los Angeles County.

Greg Kirakosian, the attorney for the San Bernardino, California, woman, submitted the 10-page lawsuit on Oct. 17; a copy was obtained by ESPN on Monday night. The woman is seeking a jury trial and unspecified damages for alleged sexual assault, sexual battery, gender violence, negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

De La Hoya’s spokesman provided ESPN with a statement Tuesday morning, denying the woman’s allegations.

The woman, who was 29 and a licensed vocational nurse at the time of the alleged assault, said she met and became friends with De La Hoya in late 2016 before they eventually began a consensual sexual relationship. However, the woman said in the lawsuit that on or about Nov. 12, 2017, she was invited by De La Hoya to see the new home he had purchased in Pasadena, California, and things turned violent during her visit.

The woman said she thought she and De La Hoya would have consensual sex that night, but when she refused his requests for a specific kind of sex act, an intoxicated De La Hoya became more aggressive. According to the lawsuit, the “Plaintiff repeatedly said no and demanded that De La Hoya stop.” It then says De La Hoya “overpowered her” and violently sexually assaulted her.

According to the lawsuit, the woman “screamed in pain,” got away from De La Hoya and screamed at him, but that De La Hoya laughed “and responded by repeatedly urging Plaintiff to take a shot of alcohol.” She eventually collected herself and left “in extreme shock and pain.”

In the lawsuit, the woman said she “felt extreme swelling and pain” and sought medical treatment at an urgent care facility, where she was prescribed medication. According to the lawsuit, the woman later was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the assault.

“To date, Plaintiff continues to suffer from extreme distress, humiliation, indignation and outrage as a result of De La Hoya’s conduct,” the lawsuit said. “As a result of said distress, Plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer constant and daily symptoms of depression, anxiety, and related symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The woman did not say in her lawsuit whether she ever filed a report with police.

De La Hoya, 46, is the Golden Boy Promotions CEO and an International Boxing Hall of Famer. He was in Cancun, Mexico, on Monday, making an appearance at the annual WBC convention, and could not be reached for comment.

“A frivolous lawsuit was filed recently alleging that Oscar De La Hoya sexually assaulted ‘Jane Doe,’ which is completely false,” the statement from his spokesman said. “Oscar is a very successful businessman, running one of the country’s leading sports and entertainment companies — thus a prime target. It is worth noting that both recent lawsuits have been filed by the same attorney who is looking to make a name for himself. We vehemently deny these allegations and look forward to vigorously defending Oscar’s good name and reputation.”

The other lawsuit the statement referred to was brought by Kirakosian on behalf of former Golden Boy Promotions employee David “Tattoo” Gonzalez, who served as an in-arena host at Golden Boy events.

In that civil suit against De La Hoya, filed in California Superior Court for Los Angeles County in early October, Gonzalez accused De La Hoya of forcing him to do personal errands for him that were not related to work, not paying him earned wages or overtime, failing to provide meal breaks, failing to reimburse expenses and negligent infliction of emotional distress. De La Hoya also has denied those claims.

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