With Internet reports swirling about a 2007 document he and ex-girlfriend Vanessa Lopez signed in which she said she had decided to have an abortion, J.J. Redick on Wednesday night broke his silence, saying Lopez had never been pregnant with a child fathered by him.
In four posts on Twitter, Redick wrote:
“I'd like to respond to the outrageous, false and malicious media reports regarding a prior relationship between myself and V Lopez in 2007-
“Ms Lopez was not and has never been pregnant with a child fathered by me.
“And Ms. Lopez did not and has never terminated a pregnancy of a child fathered by me.
“Continued attention to these lies is severely damaging to myself and my family. Thank you.”
On Tuesday, a six-year-old settlement agreement between Lopez and Redick in which Lopez said she had decided to end a pregnancy was published on a gossip website.
In that document, he denied that he was the father.
The agreement stated that, if Lopez could provide proof that she was pregnant and that she had an abortion, Redick and Lopez would “attempt to establish and maintain a social and/or dating relationship between themselves for a period of one year.”
If Redick then decided to end the relationship, he was obligated to pay her $25,000, the document shows.
The agreement also stipulated that Redick would have no obligations to Lopez if a medical exam showed Lopez "was either not pregnant or did not terminate the pregnancy."
At the time, Redick was 23 years old, was not married and was about to begin his second season with the Orlando Magic.
The agreement appears in the case file of a civil lawsuit that Lopez filed in 2010 in Orange County Circuit Court against former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal. In that case, Lopez alleged O'Neal harassed and cyberstalked her after she ended her five-year affair with O'Neal.
A judge dismissed that case in May, court records show.
The judge wrote, “Lopez has misrepresented facts from the very beginning of discovery in this lawsuit.” The judge also referenced the documents related to Redick, stating, “Her harassment of and efforts to secure money from Redick and his family was extensive and plainly demonstrated.”
Lopez appealed that ruling.
Last month, she filed an affidavit related to the case against O’Neal in which she also addressed her prior relationship with Redick.
In that affidavit, she said: “I became pregnant during that relationship and had no basis upon which to conclude that the father of the unborn child was Mr. Redick. Because I was emotionally attached to and spent a great deal of time in Mr. Redick’s home . . . during this period, I was sometimes reckless and on occasion used poor judgment in the manner in which I communicated with Mr. Redick and others regarding this matter.”
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