Singer Trini Lopez Withdraws as Host of Golf Tournament

Times staff and wire reports

Singer Trini Lopez, charged earlier this month with allegedly beating his girlfriend, has withdrawn as the celebrity host of a Palm Springs golf tournament, its sponsors announced Tuesday.

"He does not want the tournament's charities to suffer while he attempts to clear his good name of a misdemeanor battery charge," said Tony Aguilar, chairman of what had been billed as the Trini Lopez Celebrity Golf Tournament of Palm Springs.

Instead, Aguilar said, the Dec. 8-10 tournament will simply be called the Palm Springs Celebrity Golf Tournament.

Lopez, 57, who lives in Palm Springs and is known for recording such popular hits as "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree," was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery of his girlfriend, Rose Mihata, 55. Mihata was hospitalized with multiple bruises and shortness of breath on Sept. 22.

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