Oscar De La Hoya’s “Golden Boy” image took an unquestionable hit when pics of the former champ in drag hit the internet late last year. De La Hoya countered immediately, claiming that the images were forgeries.
Now, De La Hoya’s people are claiming to have experts validating that the photos actually were doctored.
The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS explains that the slander suit brought by the original owner of the photos, 22-year-old ex-stripper Milana Dravnel, was dropped as a result of those findings:
“Oscar’s always claimed the photos were false,” said the boxer’s lawyer, Judd Burstein. “We had experts conclude that they were doctored. She was facing very large damages and so she agreed to drop the case. … The case would have been dismissed anyway.”
Dravnel’s lawyer, Salvatore Strazzullo, who paraded his stiletto-heeled client for the cameras after a February hearing in Manhattan Federal Court, was uncharacteristically mum yesterday.
“No comment,” is all he said.
The piece also explains that De La Hoya’s camp allegedly tried to have Dravnel sign an agreement that she could not prove that the images were real, a possibility that no one outside of Team De La Hoya seems willing to face.
Two days later, the [NEW YORK POST] refused to back off despite De La Hoya’s claims [that] the photos were fake. “No matter what Dravnel says and no matter how much she recants, others are supposedly coming forward to parrot her original account of what happened with the fighter,” the tabloid chirped.
Seems like a lot of trouble to make up a bunch of photos and then sue somebody. Obviously, if De La Hoya couldn’t pay off Dravnel, he certainly could pay off enough people to discredit her.
And if they are fake, well, they’re hilarious, and whomever is responsible needs to get the second edition out to the hungry masses as soon as possible.
This is the first cross-dressing boxer fix we’ve had since Meatballs 2.