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Rick James Denies Assault Allegation

November 16, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Singer Rick James denied an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 26-year-old woman at his home last weekend, calling her a liar motivated by greed.

Police went to James’ San Fernando Valley home with a search warrant Nov. 11.

``We have an allegation of a sexual nature by a female adult,″ police Lt. Horace Frank said Friday, refusing to comment further.

James, 50, best known for his 1981 hit ``Super Freak,″ and attorney Steffeny Holtz would not comment on specifics of the allegation.

``I just feel sometimes that I’m in a fishbowl,″ James said. ``Sometimes the wrong people enter into your space, and they’re money-hungry and they’re greedy.″

James was convicted in 1993 of assaulting two women. The first attack occurred in 1991 when he restrained and burned a young woman with a hot pipe during a cocaine binge at his house in West Hollywood.

He was free on bail when the second assault occurred in 1992 in a hotel room.

James was sentenced to more than two years in state prison. A jury acquitted him on a torture charge.

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