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Indians’ Belle Sees Charges Dropped

October 20, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ Albert Belle’s ex-girlfriend dropped battery and property damage charges against him Tuesday, and he agreed to pay for damages and drop a telephone harassment charge against her.

Stephanie Bugusky had said the White Sox star punched her and knocked her down at her townhouse on July 20. She said he ripped her telephone out of the wall when she tried to call for help.

Belle had accused Bugusky of telephone harassment last month. He said she called him more than 20 times between 2:20 a.m. and 3:40 a.m. on Sept. 5, a day after a judge extended a court order protecting her from the outfielder.

Belle dropped the charge against Bugusky and will pay for any damage, said Marcy O’Boyle, a spokeswoman for the Cook County state attorney’s office. Each is expected to seek a court order of protection against the other.

Belle has a history of violent outbursts and has been suspended five times in six seasons for his behavior.

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