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Former Rep. Gary Condit has settled his $11 million defamation lawsuit against writer Dominick Dunne, accepting an undisclosed amount of money and an apology for claims the writer made about Condit’s role in the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy. In a statement released from Condit lawyer Lin Wood on Tuesday, Dunne said he did “not say or intend to imply that Mr. Condit was complicit in her disappearance, and to the extent my comment may have been misinterpreted, I apologize for them.” “I accept Mr. Dunne’s apology and am pleased that this action has been amicably resolved,” Condit said in the statement. Dunne specifically renounced a story he made on radio’s “Laura Ingraham Show” in December 2001 in which Dunne said a man told him Condit frequented Middle Eastern embassy sex parties. Dunne had also made comments in TV interviews that he believed Condit knew more about Levy’s disappearance than he was telling authorities. Condit argued the statements led millions of people to believe he was criminally involved in Levy’s death, and contributed to his loss in a March 2002 primary election. Condit has denied any involvement or knowledge of Levy’s May 2001 disappearance, or her death. Her body was found in a Washington, D.C., park in May 2002. “I am delighted that the suit has been settled,” Dunne said in a separate statement e-mailed Tuesday by his agent, Owen Laster. Condit reportedly told police he had an affair with Levy, but in a sworn deposition in the defamation case, he denied being romantically involved with the intern and insisted “we were friends.” Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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