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A lawsuit alleged Pete Rose had a sexual relationship with an underage girl

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A woman claims she had an ongoing sexual relationship with baseball star Pete Rose that began when she was 14 or 15 years old, according to our affiliate WKRC.

WKRC reported that the woman’s allegations came in a court filing in Cincinnati Monday as part of a defamation lawsuit Rose filed last year against John Dowd.

Dowd reportedly provided a sworn statement from the woman in Monday’s filing, alleging she met Rose in 1973 and began a sexual relationship with him lasting for several years.

Rose in court filings purportedly admitted a sexual relationship with the woman, but contends she was 16 years old at the time, which is the legal age of consent in Ohio.

Some Twitter users on Monday defended Rose, who played as both an infielder and outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1963 to 1986.

Other people on the social media platform criticized Rose, who spent most of his career in professional sports with the MLB’s Cincinnati Reds franchise.

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Dowd was reportedly hired by the MLB in 1989 to probe Rose whether the athlete placed bets on baseball games during the 1980s.

The investigator first suggested Rose may have acted inappropriately with underage girls during a radio interview in 2015.

“Michael Bertolini told us that he not only ran bets but ran young girls for [Rose] down to spring training, ages 12 to 14, isn’t that lovely?” Dowd said, referencing a New York sports memorabilia businessman Rose was involved with.

“So that’s statutory rape every time you do that,” he added of Rose, who agreed to a permanent banning against him from working in the MLB in 1989.

Rose’s attorney Martin Garbus said in a statement Monday that the allegations against Rose are untrue.

“That statement is false,” he said. “They are trying to avoid the trial on libel. We are going to trial next year and Pete’s going to recover.”

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