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A confidential settlement was announced today in a civil suit accusing football Hall of Famer and Miami Hurricane great Michael Irvin of sexual battery. By agreement, a $100 million defamation suit filed in Texas by Irvin against the accuser will be dropped, said her attorney, David P. Lister, a partner with Martin Lister & Alvarez in Weston. The settlement was announced in Miami federal court by Lister. Neither Irvin nor his attorney were present. The retired Dallas Cowboy was accused in a Feb. 4 lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court by a woman identifying herself only as Jane Doe. The case was moved to federal court in March. The woman alleged Irvin “enticed and lured” her to his hotel room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood on the night of July 4, 2007. “The parties finally came to their senses,” Lister told court personnel before informing U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke. “The settlement was just reached last night.” The lawsuit alleged Irvin, who grew up in South Florida, consumed large amounts of alcohol and “unknown substances” with a male companion. The plaintiff in the lawsuit said the men plied her with drinks and then brought her up to the hotel room. The lawsuit claimed Irvin started stuffing money in her blouse. It goes on to say the two men exposed themselves and Irvin’s friend held her down during the sexual assault by Irvin. Then Irvin is accused of forcing the woman to give the other man oral sex. Irvin in his defamation suit noted the woman waited 15 days to file a report with tribal police and claimed the woman threatened to expose him unless he paid her “to keep quiet.” No criminal charges were filed. The football player said ESPN Radio fired him the day after the woman filed her lawsuit. ESPN said in statement that it had already decided to cancel Irvin’s show. A phone call to Irvin’s attorney, Larry Friedman of Friedman & Feiger in Dallas, was not immediately returned. John Pacenti can be reached at (305) 347-6638.

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