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Ex-Girlfriend’s Abortion Suit Dismissed Against Nets CEO Brett Yormark

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Nets CEO Brett Yormark by an ex-girlfriend who claimed he promised to stay in the relationship if she had an abortion.

Reyna Purcell of Upper Saddle River alleged she became pregnant shortly after she started dating Yormark in October 2010. The 34-year-old said she got an abortion in February and Yormark ended the relationship “shortly thereafter.”

Judge Alexander Carver on Thursday ruled promises of support in non-marital relationships are required to be in writing and nothing was.

“This suit was a shameful exploitation of what otherwise should have remained a private matter, and an unfortunately typical attempt to shake down a prominent public figure,” said Yormark’s lawyer, Jeffrey D. Smith, according to the Bergen Record. “We are pleased that the court saw this for what it was and dismissed the case outright.”

The judge said he would hate to think Purcell “chose to end a life rather than end a relationship”

Purcell’s lawyer is considering an appeal.

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