Lawsuit Alleges Roberto Alomar Had Unprotected Sex While HIV Positive

NEW YORK (AP) -- An ex-girlfriend of Roberto Alomar filed an explosive lawsuit alleging the former baseball star insisted on unprotected sex for four years despite having AIDS.

The lawsuit, filed Jan. 30 and transferred to U.S. District Court on Wednesday, contains accusations that could not be corroborated but portray Alomar as someone who demanded sex without a condom despite showing obvious signs of HIV.

Ilya Dall is seeking at least $15 million in punitive damages from the 41-year-old former infielder. Alomar, who was once engaged to tennis star Mary Pierce, spent 17 years in the majors and was one of the game's great second basemen.

"This is a very private, personal matter and I greatly appreciate all the support I have received in the past few days from my family, friends and colleagues in baseball," Alomar said in a statement. "I am in very good health and I ask that you respect my privacy during this time.

"As for the lawsuit, it is filled with lies and I am deeply saddened that someone I cared for would make such terrible accusations and try to hurt me in this way."

Calls seeking comment to lawyers for Alomar and Dall were not immediately returned. Alomar lawyer Charles Bach told the New York Daily News the allegations are "frivolous and baseless."

News of the lawsuit was "something out of the blue," Alomar's father, Sandy Alomar Sr., told El Nuevo Dia newspaper in Puerto Rico. "We've never talked about something like this."

Dall said the two began dating in spring 2002 and had unprotected sex for the next four years. She said that on several occasions during that time, Alomar refused to get tested for HIV, despite severe fatigue, sores on his mouth and throat, a constant cough and an infection of the esophagus that is associated with AIDS.

She said Alomar finally relented and tested positive for HIV in February 2006.

Dall said she was angered by the disclosure and was tested herself; the result was negative. She said follow-up exams determined that Alomar had full-blown AIDS.

By then, she said Alomar had purple skin, was foaming at the mouth and was too sick to walk, forcing him to need a wheelchair to get around at an airport.

Alomar was honored before the Toronto Blue Jays home opener in April and showed no obvious signs of health problems.

Dall said the ordeal caused her severe emotional and mental distress and fear she may one day test positive for HIV herself.

She called the conduct of Alomar "outrageous with wanton reckless disregard of the health, safety and well-being" of Dall.

The lawsuit does not say why Dall continued to have unprotected sex with Alomar. Dall said the couple lived together until last year.

Alomar was one of baseball's best players in the 1990s, making 12 straight All-Star appearances and winning two World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

A career .300 hitter with 10 Gold Gloves, Alomar broke in with the San Diego Padres in 1988 and also played for the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox. He was out of baseball by 2005.

One of the most memorable moments of Alomar's career came in 1996, when he became enraged after a third strike and spit on umpire John Hirschbeck. He drew a five-game suspension that was later overturned.

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  • by Kay Location: G-Town on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    She's an idiot. These frivolous lawsuits are ridiculous. Why sleep with someone, protected or not, if you feel they may have an STD and then sue them when you find out they have what you thought they had. He "insisted"?!?! Not only do people not get tested, it's not against the law to withhold you're HIV status. So, if you're having sex, you're vulnerable.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    Monique and Anonymous, I agree with both of you. Your words have already spoken my thoughts.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    demanded unprotected sex? sounds like a white lie to help out her case, when in fact she was willingly doing it. He was sick yet not proved to have aids. If he did know and he was "forcing" this woman to have unprotected sex then rape and attempted murder charges should be brought up since AIDS does kill. But until then she's just a gold digger.
  • by KB Location: Washington on Feb 12, 2009 at 10:39 AM
    This is a horrible situation. The allegations being brought up on her behalf, will not stand in court. We are responsible for ourselves. The only way he would be responsible is if he already new at the begining of their relationship or if he threatend her life to vae un protected sex. It's sad to say but I just think that she made the biggest mistake of her life.
  • by Monique Location: Greenville on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:06 AM
    This is a sad situation if the women know he had the aids and he was having all those symptoms as she said then what did she keep on having sex with him unprotected that is telling you he is ashamed to let people know he has the full blooded aids and ain't no way he can get rid of it now because they is no cured for things like that. I want to say to the women keep your body safe and healthy and watch what you is getting your self involved before you take it to another level. Thanks

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