Houston, we've had a problem
By Robert Ecksel on August 27, 2022
One woman claimed Foreman used to take her out for ice cream. (Photo: Phil Penman)
It looks like George Foreman, the likeable, lovable, cuddly former heavyweight champion from Houston, Texas, has a problem.
Two women filed lawsuits in Los Angeles County Superior Court this week alleging that Foreman sexually abused them in the 1970s when they were minors.
According to the lawsuit, the women, now in their 60s, first met Foreman through their fathers, one of whom was a Foreman sparring partner, the other a boxing manager and close adviser.
The complaint alleges Foreman groomed the women when they were little girls. One woman claimed he used to take her out for ice cream. The other woman said Foreman told her not to tell anyone about what was going on. “You don’t want your dad to lose his job, do you?”
The women were reportedly 13 and 16 when Big George allegedly pounced. They have a story to tell, as does George Foreman. He also has a story to rebut.
This has been percolating for some time. In a written statement released last month, Foreman said, “Over the past six months, two women have been trying to extort millions of dollars each from me and my family. They are falsely claiming that I sexually abused them over 45 years ago in the 1970s. I adamantly and categorically deny these allegations.”
Denial is the way to go. Confession is for chumps.
“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 women are seeking damages. The women want a jury trial. He said/she said is a flip of the coin. He said/they said not so much.