- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 24, 2002

CHICAGO (AP) Michael Jordan filed a lawsuit yesterday against a woman he contends is trying to extort $5million from him to keep quiet about their relationship more than 10 years ago.

Jordan acknowledged in the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that he paid the woman $250,000 "under threat of publicly exposing that relationship."

Jordan, who plays for the Washington Wizards but spent most of his career with the Chicago Bulls, never agreed to pay any amount above the original $250,000, the lawsuit stated. The lawsuit asks the court to stop the woman from further attempts to get money from Jordan.

Jordan's lawyer, Frederick Sperling, refused to say whether he asked the police to get involved. He also refused to answer questions about the nature of the relationship.

"The complaint says everything Michael has to say," Sperling said.

Jordan and his wife, Juanita, have been married more than 12 years. Juanita Jordan filed for divorce last January. But the Jordans withdrew the divorce case a month later and issued a statement that they were trying to get back together.

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