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Auto Legend Carroll Shelby

I Am NO Sex Abuser!

8/2/2011 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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88-year-old driving legend Carroll Shelby is adamant ... he did NOT sexually assault his former receptionist, claiming her accusations are nothing but "wild and fantastical."

TMZ broke the story ... Angelica Smith filed a $5 million lawsuit against Shelby -- who famously designed the Ford Mustang Cobra -- claiming he groped her at his home and also ignored her complaints when she told him she was raped by one of his employees.  Smith claims she was fired, in part, because she reported the alleged rape to Shelby.

Shelby's lawyer, M. Neil Cummings, tells TMZ, "Carroll Shelby is disappointed that such wild and fantastical allegations have been made by a former employee."

He adds, "The fact is that her position was no longer required due to Mr. Shelby’s age, health and work schedule.  But this apparently disgruntled former employee and her counsel have chosen to turn this into yet another prematurely publicized, frivolous lawsuit against a public figure."

Shelby's lawyer says the auto legend has "full confidence in the judicial system and believes that the truth will come out through the legal process."

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1.

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1128 days ago
2.

Gaylord    

At 88 years old, he should admit it even if it's not true!

Walk with PRIDE, man :-)

1128 days ago
3.

McG    

@Gaylord, I don't think anyone at any age should take pride in having sexual assault charges brought against them, talk about a chauvanistic attitude. Let's certainly hope that the truth does come out either way.

1128 days ago
4.

BarrysConspiracyWorld    

All I know is that I once overheard him say "Take a look at this Cobra -- In My Pants!"

1128 days ago
5.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Yes, that Cobra symbol could stand for more than just a car.

1128 days ago
6.

John    

This lady needs her money grubbing ass tossed in jail. To try to tarnish a mans legacy at his late age and all the health issues he has had is bull****.

Fact is this guy is a Icon in the car world and no one with clue believes this. Hell he let people steal from him for years and years and all he asked is them helping out charities and they were to greedy to do that and they all lost in court when he dropped the hammer on them.

The DA/Police really need to step in and look into this case and this lady. I am all for people getting justice but this stinks of money grubbing ****....

1128 days ago
7.

Bertha    

He's had a heart transplant....I doubt if the Cobra can Stand tall.....................

1128 days ago
8.

shelley    

I highly doubt any of what she said happened actually did. If so, why would she have worked there for so long and why not contact the police if she was raped. Doesn't add up. Leave the old guy alone

1128 days ago
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caroline     

Sooooo.... said woman was sexually harassed at her job for 5 years by her boss, yet went to his house after hours to "hang out" and drink. (Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't most drugging incidents involve alcohol?) Then, said woman was reportedly raped and instead of going to law enforcement, she went to her sexually harassing boss? Ummmm.... CASE DISMISSED!!

1128 days ago
10.

Eldridge Cleaver    

Angelica is a liar. Shelby is not. Thanks, Angelica, for ruining it for women who are actual victims.

1128 days ago
11.

writenow    

Want the truth? Look at Shelby's long and very Detailed past. It's all out there. And he's too old to change his spots...including if he wanted to. Although he makes a great car.

1128 days ago
12.

Rotter    

What a way to go out, with this shint hanging over your head.

1128 days ago
13.

Regulator    

He's no Sex Abuser. He's a Sexual Assailant, A Sex Offender, Molester, but no Abuser.

1128 days ago
14.

Lance    

What is Shelby think at his age ot get into all these lawsuits? Carroll Shelby is always crying about someone steeling from him and he turns around with his lawyers and sues them. Now he's crying that someone is suing him, she a woman and they too have rights. There's Laws in the Untied States Mr. Shelby. And Shelby you not above the Law. Tell the truth. Ford Motor company should look into this ASAP.

1128 days ago
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CC    

I believe Carroll. This chick sounds like a nut looking for a payday. Reporting a rape to your employer, what ever happened to reporting a crime to the police? I'd say don't let the doorknob hit ya where the dog should have bit ya, but she probably file a harrassment suit against the doorknob!

1128 days ago
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