Report: Brian Giles facing $10M lawsuit
Former San Diego Padres outfielder Brian Giles is facing a $10 million lawsuit from his ex-girlfriend, who accuses him of abuse and of reneging on a promise to support her financially, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday.
At Tuesday's hearing, Chargers offensive lineman Kris Dielman, a friend of Giles, testified that Cheri Olvera sought money from him after an incident in which Olvera suffered a bloody nose. Dielman said he and Giles were "goofing around" in a limo during a night out and his foot accidentally struck Olvera's nose.
Giles' attorneys called Dielman to the stand in an effort to show that Olvera, 34, has a pattern of seeking money from wealthy men. Olvera's request came after Dielman signed a six-year, $39 million contract with the Chargers in 2007, though she did not sue him.
In her suit, Olvera cites four domestic violence incidents, including one in 2006 that resulted in the 40-year-old Giles pleading no contest to misdemeanor battery. The charge was dropped after the two-time All-Star attended anger management and Alcoholics Anonymous classes.
Giles denies ever abusing Olvera and has counter-sued, claiming he was the one who was abused during the six-year-long relationship. A friend of Giles testified that he saw Olvera strike Giles "numerous times."
Giles retired in March 2010 after a 15-year MLB career with the Indians, Pirates, and Padres. He was an All-Star in 2000 and 2001 as a Pirate and finished with a career batting average of .291.