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Mesa Accuser Files Civil Lawsuit

December 18, 1997

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Cleveland Indians pitcher Jose Mesa has been sued by a woman who brought a sexual assault charge against him.

Christine M. Allen, of the Cleveland suburb North Royalton, was one of two women who accused Mesa of a sexual assault last Dec. 22 in a motel.

Both women testified against Mesa in April at a criminal trial in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, where the civil lawsuit was filed Wednesday. The case was assigned to Judge Brian J. Corrigan.

A jury in the criminal case found Mesa innocent of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition and theft.

Allen is seeking unspecified damages in the civil lawsuit. She said she was assaulted by Mesa and was injured when he opened the bathroom door in the motel room, striking her in the face.

James W. Burke Jr., Allen’s lawyer, said that after the incident with Mesa she required more than $4,000 in medical procedures.

Mesa could not be reached for comment.

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