Rodman lawsuits resolved without trials

Wednesday, January 5th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dennis Rodman has agreed to out-of-court settlements with two women who claimed he sexually assaulted them. A hearing in cocktail waitress Susan Patterson's lawsuit against Rodman had been scheduled in Superior Court on Tuesday. But her lawyer, Gloria Allred, said the lawsuit had been resolved, along with those of two other people Allred represented.

Allred declined to give any details of how the cases were resolved, and would not say if any of the plaintiffs received monetary settlements. Attempts to reach Rodman's lawyer in the cases, Michael Harrison, for comment on the cases were unsuccessful.

Patterson claimed that late on the night of Oct. 2, 1998, Rodman pushed a $100 bill down her blouse and grabbed one of her breasts. Bridgette Chaker's lawsuit claimed that a short time later, early on Oct. 3, she was invited to a party at a room in the Argyle Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. But when she arrived only Rodman was there, she claimed, and he sexually assaulted her.

A third lawsuit was brought by Jason Sandeman of Santa Monica, who claimed he was assaulted by Rodman at a Fatburger restaurant in Los Angeles on Jan. 21, 1999. Sandeman also has agreed to a deal. Another case of alleged assault by Rodman was dropped in November in Las Vegas. A Las Vegas woman, Dixie Johnson, 48, claimed Rodman grabbed one of her breasts at the Las Vegas Hilton in April 1999. A notice of dismissal was filed in U.S. District Court, but Rodman's lawyer in that case, Gregory Hafen, would not say if a settlement had been reached.

Two months ago, Rodman and actress Carmen Electra, who were married Nov. 14, 1998, were ordered by a Miami Beach, Fla., judge to stay away from each other following their arrest at a hotel on battery charges, which were later dropped. Rodman's most recent arrest was for investigation of drunken driving Dec. 22 in Costa Mesa. The 38-year-old who played at Southeastern Oklahoma State posted $2,500 bond and was released.