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Auto accident argument
Tyson's lawyer says settlement close in civil case
Posted: Saturday October 24, 1998 04:48 PM
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (AP) -- Mike Tyson's lawyer said an out-of-court settlement was close to head off a civil suit against the fighter stemming from an argument following an auto accident.
Paul Kemp said he and attorneys for Richard Dale Hardick and Abimelec Saucedo were close to an agreement in which Tyson would pay the men an undisclosed amount of money to prevent any lawsuits. Kemp said the parties agreed to keep the terms confidential.
"We've settled it in principle," Kemp said. "We're just waiting for some signatures, and some people are out of town."
Glenn Culpepper, an attorney for Saucedo, said he could not comment "until it's in black and white and everything is signed."
Any out-of-court financial agreement, however, would not affect the two misdemeanor assault charges against the former heavyweight champion. Maryland law says that a judge may dismiss an assault case if a prosecutor requests it and the victim agrees.
Tyson is scheduled to go to trial December 1 in District Court.Kemp said Friday that Montgomery County prosecutors rejected Tyson's request to delay the trial date on charges brought by Hardick and Saucedo, who accused Tyson of attacking them after a traffic accident in Gaithersburg.
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