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Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred lines up against Aussie basketball star's 'improper relationship'

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A high-profile US lawyer has confirmed she is representing the family of the girl with whom Australian basketball star Josh Giddey has been accused of having an improper relationship.

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Responding to queries about her role in the case, attorney Gloria Allred – famous for advocating for women in cases against powerful men and celebrities including OJ Simpson, Michael Jackson, Tommy Lee and Dodi Fayed – did not elaborate, saying: “We have no comment”.

Last week, the Newport Beach, California, police department said its detectives are conducting an investigation. The NBA has also announced an inquiry.

In a since-deleted post, an anonymous social media user last month said a girl who is seen with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Giddey, 21, in videos and photographs was a high school junior at the time.

The social media account has since been deactivated.

Giddey and the Thunder have declined to comment on the situation so far.

The Melbourne-born player is averaging 12 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for an Oklahoma City team that is off to a 13-6 start, second-best in the Western Conference.

He has started all four games since the accusations were made, and has been repeatedly booed by opposition fans. He played a season-low 17 minutes in Saturday’s win at Dallas.

Giddey was the No.6 overall pick in the 2021 draft and was named to the All-Rookie second team in 2021-22.

Last season, he averaged 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists.

Playing for the Boomers at this year’s World Cup, he averaged a team-high 19.4 points as Australia went 3-2.

The 2021 NBL rookie of the year is a key figure in the Boomers’ hopes of improving on their Tokyo Olympics bronze medal at next year’s Paris Games.

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