Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is being sued by an ex-stripper who claims that the NBA star fathered her newborn daughter, according to a report.
Daniela Rajic, a 24-year-old woman from Miami, Florida, filed a paternity suit against George in Manhattan Family Court on Wednesday, New York Post’s Page Six reports. She gave birth to a daughter, Olivia, on May 1, and believes that George is the father.
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A source familiar with the situation told the New York Post that George and Rajic engaged in a relationship for “a few months last summer. Rajic reportedly worked at Tootsie’s Cabaret, a Miami strip club, before she met George, but the circumstances behind their first meeting remain unclear. Black Sports Online, a popular blog, obtained photos of Rajic, which can be viewed here.
“Paul and Daniela saw each other a number of times over the course of a few months in Miami last summer,” the source told the newspaper. “She became pregnant, and their daughter was born on May 1. She has already undertaken a paternity test, and there’s no question he is the father. The court is still expected to order an official DNA test.”
In February, rumors circulated that George had impregnated a woman from Miami, first identified only as “Daniela,” and that he offered her $1 million to have an abortion. George firmly dismissed the accusations, telling TMZ that he’d step up and support the woman if he was legally identified as the father of her child.
“If and when there is legal confirmation that I am the father, I will fully embrace my responsibilities,” George said in a statement. “This is a personal matter that is still being sorted out, so I hope you can respect my privacy.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson denied reports that George had offered to pay for an abortion. “There is no truth to the rumors that Paul offered money for [Daniela] not to have the child,” the spokesperson said.
On Wednesday, one of George’s representatives reiterated that the Pacers star would support the child if the legal process confirmed that he was her biological father. “As Paul has said all along, if and when the legal process confirms that the baby is his, he will fully embrace his responsibilities as a father and provide emotional and financial support to the child. The process has been amicable and we hope it will continue to be until this issue is clarified.”
The paternity suit is just the latest in series of off-court incidents that have affected George this season. On May 6, Internet rumors that George had slept with the wife of Pacers teammate Roy Hibbert intensified to such an extent that he felt compelled to address the situation on his Instagram account.
“There rumors have got to stop! Its getting old now and all you that believe them are ignorant! #Brothers,” George wrote alongside a photo of himself and Hibbert.