LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, denies cutting off his ailing sister from a $10,000 monthly stipend she's gotten for 16 years.

``He has not yet seen the lawsuit but the allegations reported to him, he says, are totally without merit,'' Reinsdorf spokesman Tim Hallam said Friday from the Bulls' office in Chicago.

A $5 million breach-of-contract lawsuit was filed Wednesday on behalf of Judith Reinsdorf. The suit contends Jerry Reinsdorf promised his mother he would always support his sister ``to maintain a substantial quality of life according to the family wealth.''

Those payments stopped in 1998 because Judith Reinsdorf refused her brother's demand that she stop seeing their elderly mother, the suit said. Marion Reinsdorf died in 1998.

The lawsuit seeks $5 million for past, present and future support based on breach of contract and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The nature of 59-year-old Judith Reinsdorf's health problems were not disclosed.