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Magic Player Denies Rape Allegation; Says Woman Wants Money

November 14, 1996

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Orlando Magic guard Nick Anderson has denied a rape allegation, saying that he is a target of extortion by the woman and a black separatist group.

The woman filed a complaint with police Oct. 8, alleging she was raped Feb. 26 at her home in Orlando, said police spokesman Bill Mulloy.

Anderson denied the accusation at a news conference Wednesday night at Orlando Arena.

Anderson and his attorneys said the group representing the woman sent a letter on Sept. 18, demanding $600,000 by Oct. 1 or that a police complaint would be filed.

Anderson said he rejected the demand.

``These allegations are totally untrue, totally false,″ Anderson said before breaking down in tears.

The group supporting the woman, the Pan Afrikan InterNational Movement (PAIN), scheduled a news conference later today to publicize the allegation. Kwane Akkebala, assistant chief elder of the group, refused to talk about the claim beforehand.

Anderson was interviewed by police Oct. 18. Police refused to discuss the case because it is under investigation.

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