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Rodman Seeking Marriage Annulment

November 24, 1998 GMT

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) _ Dennis Rodman is on the rebound.

His 10-day-old marriage to former ``Baywatch″ actress Carmen Electra is now in the hands of lawyers. The outlandish basketball star filed papers Monday, seeking annulment and citing fraud and unsound mind.

His lawyer, echoing earlier accusations by Rodman’s agent, says the Chicago Bulls forward was drunk when the pair wed in a quickie Las Vegas ceremony Nov. 14.

``Dennis alleges he was so inebriated at the nuptials that he didn’t know which end was up, what he was doing,″ his lawyer, Gerald Phillips, was quoted in today’s New York Post.


Rodman’s agent, Dwight Manley, made the same claim two days after the wedding.

``Obviously, anyone that would marry somebody that was intoxicated to the point that they couldn’t speak or stand had ulterior motives of some sort,″ Manley said at the time.

Electra’s publicist denies that her 26-year-old client took advantage of Rodman but acknowledges the marriage unraveled about as quickly as it started.

``Carmen and Dennis spoke several days ago and mutually agreed (to end the marriage),″ Cindy Guagenti said.

The honeymoon apparently was short. The 37-year-old NBA rebounding champion claims the two separated the day of the wedding.

A handwritten note purportedly written by Rodman was released soon after the wedding in which he professed his love for Electra and apologized for ``any false statements given on my behalf regarding my marriage.″

But Phillips told the Post that Rodman didn’t even write the note.

``My understanding is, the handwriting is not his,″ he said. ``And it’s not his language, either. Dennis does not talk that way.″

Guagenti denied the note was forged and said it was signed in her presence.