Two women sue former boxer George Foreman for sexual abuse and rape, which they say he did to them. 

Two women have filed lawsuits in a Los Angeles court saying that former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman sexually abused them in the 1970s.

Since the allegations were first made public last month, Foreman, who is 73 years old, has denied them. When asked about the lawsuits, his spokespeople have

pointed to an earlier statement he made. On Wednesday, the women filed separate lawsuits in Los Angeles County Superior Court under the names Gwen H. and Denise F.

In the lawsuits, Foreman is called DOE 1, but he is described as the professional boxer who beat Joe Frazier in 1973 to become the heavyweight champion of

the world. In 1974, he lost the title to Muhammad Ali. Both women, who are in their early 60s now

said they met Foreman when they were kids because their fathers were boxing friends with him. Denise, who lives in Los Angeles, said in her lawsuit that Foreman started flirting with her

when she was 8 years old and had sex with her when she was 15 (before she could legally consent), once in a hotel room in San Francisco. 

Gwen, who lives in Nevada, said she met Foreman when she was 9 years old. She said he sexually abused and raped her when she was 15 and 16, including in a

Beverly Hills apartment. She said that Foreman told her that her father's job as a boxing adviser would be gone if she didn't do what he said.

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