I am innocent - Hewitt

2013-06-21 20:06
A 1973 file photo of Bob Hewitt. (Picture: AP)

A 1973 file photo of Bob Hewitt. (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - Former Grand Slam tennis doubles champion Bob Hewitt has denied allegations that he sexually molested young girls he coached in South Africa decades ago, The Star reported on Friday.

"I am innocent. These charges have caused my family and me huge hardship and with the lawyer's permission I am going to sue," he was quoted as saying.

His lawyer, Advocate Terry Price agreed.

"We will plead not guilty. We will prove his innocence and we will sue all those who are behind this."

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) told AP that Hewitt, 73, was served with a summons on Saturday.

He was ordered to appear in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on 16 August.

According to the AP, NPA spokesperson Phindi Louw said Hewitt would be informed of the charges when he appeared in court.

Hewitt has been at the centre of a long investigation into accusations he abused and raped girls as far back as the 1970s.

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