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Strawberry Sued Over Legal Fees

August 20, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Attorney Robert Shapiro sued Darryl Strawberry on Wednesday, claiming he failed to pay about $100,000 in fees for a contract settlement Shapiro negotiated with the Los Angeles Dodgers four years ago.

Shapiro, who represented O.J. Simpson, apparently has been seeking payment from Strawberry since 1994.

But ``despite (Strawberry’s) repeated assurances of payment, he continues to breach his agreement with (Shapiro),″ the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges.

Strawberry, who plays for the New York Yankees, hired Shapiro in May 1994 to negotiate a contract settlement with the Dodgers. He allegedly agreed to pay Shapiro $100,000 in return.

Shapiro wants the $100,000, plus 10 percent interest per year that it has gone unpaid and attorney fees. Strawberry, in Minnesota where the Yankees lost 5-3 to the Twins on Wednesday night, said Shapiro’s claim is unfounded and that Shapiro has tried the same maneuver unsuccessfully in the past.

``He’s already done it. It’s the same thing, it’s not any different,″ Strawberry said. ``He’s just trying to claim something that he didn’t even do. ... It’s nothing I worry myself about.″

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