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Oscar De La Hoya Says Fishnet Drag Photos Were Him

A clean and sober Oscar de la Hoya has come clean about the crossdressing photos that surfaced in 2007 which were the subject of a lawsuit, Gothamist reports:

Delahoya "Let me to tell you, yes, yes, it was me [in those pictures]," he told Aqui y Ahora. "I am tired now of lying, of lying to the public and of lying to myself." The pictures, if you want to remember De La Hoya for something other than his devastating left hook, showed the boxer in bras, fishnet stockings, short skirts and women's underwear.

Also in the photos was a 22-year-old beauty named Milana Dravnel. Shortly after the photos came out, Dravnel sued De La Hoya for allegedly tricking her into signing a statement saying that the photos were altered. According to The New York Post's sources, De La Hoya settled that lawsuit out of court for about $20 million.

De la Hoya blames his adventures in drag on cocaine and alcohol.


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De La Hoya Sued for $100 Million for Coercion Over Drag Photos

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So, the woman selling the photos of Oscar de la Hoya in drag is now suing the boxer because she says his lawyers coerced her into not making more money off of them.

DlhReuters reports: "Milana Dravnel, who the New York Post and New York Daily News reported had met de la Hoya at a strip club where she worked, said the agreement was made after she had already sold some of the images to a Hollywood photo agency for $70,000...Dravnel, 22, said a representative of de la Hoya coerced her into signing the agreement, which blocked her from selling or discussing the pictures she took of the 34-year-old boxer...She said she was "unaware of the legal consequences of the transaction" and that she did not have a lawyer present when she signed the agreement. As a result, Dravnel has been cheated out of income and has been unable to repair her damaged public reputation, the lawsuit said. Dravnel is suing for fraud, defamation, interfering with a contract, and exerting undue and intentional infliction of emotional distress."

Uh, her public reputation was damaged?

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De La Hoya: A Side By Side

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I doubted, although given this comparison I'm beginning to be a believer.

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Authenticity Battle Over Oscar de la Hoya Crossdressing Photos

A lawyer and an agent for boxer Oscar de la Hoya say photos that surfaced yesterday on the internet of de la Hoya in high heels, fishnet stockings, and a wig are fake.

ElahoyaDe la Hoya's agent at CAA, Jack Tiernan, told Radar: "They're completely manufactured. The pictures have been manipulated or manufactured, and the matter has been referred to his attorney."

Radar reports, "The whole thing comes in the wake of a bet De La Hoya had previously made with Sugar Ray Leonard over a minor fight in which the loser would then handle ring card girl duties during the subsequent main event. The fight was postponed."

De la Hoya's attorney Bert Fields released a statement to the press: "The photographs depicting Mr. De La Hoya's image that were posted online today by an obscure paparazzi website are fake. Many of the website's viewers (as reflected in postings on the site) identified the photos as a 'really bad photoshop job.' Unfortunately, with today's technology, anyone can make any photo seem like something other than it is."

While Fields has demanded that X17, the site which first posted the shots, takes them down, the site is defiant and has placed them more prominently: “Regarding the possibly [sic] Photoshopping of the images -- NOPE! -- we got a letter for Oscar's lawyer today and while they'd love us to take down the pix, they don't seem to dispute their authenticity!”

DlhThe New York Daily News' Rush & Molloy report that the exotic dancer from Scores West who sold the photos claims they are authentic:

"The photos are being peddled by a Scores West dancer, according to R. Couri Hay, the Gotham magazine columnist who scored the first interview with the twentysomething woman. 'She says she took the photos at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia on May 17,' Hay tells us. 'I fully believe she is telling the truth. She had been reluctant to talk. But now that she's being called a liar, she's ready to sell her story. And, believe me, she has a lot of details.' A friend of the unnamed woman says that De La Hoya would regularly invite her and other party pals to join him when he left his family at home in Puerto Rico. 'He'd send a private plane or fly them first-class,' says the friend. 'They'd meet up in hotels, where the party could go on for days. There was a lot of tequila. It involved men and women. They indulged his every whim and taste. He wore size 9 ladies shoes. He also liked wearing thigh-high nylons. He liked sex games. He and the girl would sit in a chair that they'd pretend was a motorcycle. He'd pretend he was the girl on the back of motorcycle. She'd be the guy. He'd grab her around the waist and squeal, 'Faster! Faster!''"

De la Hoya's rep Debbie Caplan accuses the dancer of being "out for money".

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