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De La Hoya Settles Case in Alleged Sexual Assault

From Staff and Wire Reports

Super-welterweight boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has reached an out-of-court settlement with Nicole Rao, who in a civil suit had accused De La Hoya of sexually assaulting her, attorneys said Monday.

The suit, filed in late 1998, had been scheduled for trial Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Rao was asking $10 million in damages.

Rao, 18 at the time the suit was filed, charged that De La Hoya had raped and imprisoned her 2 1/2 years earlier in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Mexican authorities investigated but no criminal charges were filed.

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Under terms of the settlement, neither side was allowed to comment.

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Columnist T.J. Simers has the day off.


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