SAN FRANCISCO – Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum and his former San Francisco landlord have agreed to a $100,000 judgment in Lincecum’s favor, ending a legal dispute that began with allegations the former Washington Huskies standout left a town house he rented during the 2010 season a wreck.
The Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents Lincecum, released a statement announcing the settlement.
Mindy Freile filed a lawsuit in October 2011 seeking $350,000 in damages against Lincecum. She claimed the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner and World Series champion stole and destroyed items in the town house he rented in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Lincecum, 29, countersued. He said the allegations were false and Freile violated a California law that required her to account for the whereabouts of his security deposit.
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Lincecum’s attorney, Peter M. Bransten, said in a statement “it’s clear from the landlord’s agreement that a judgment be entered in Mr. Lincecum’s favor that her claim to have sustained hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages was baseless.”
Lincecum said, “I am pleased with the result and believe that this was an attempt from the very beginning on the landlord’s part to take advantage of my public profile for financial gain. She kept the balance of my security deposit while making unsubstantiated claims of exaggerated damage. While litigation is something you always want to avoid, I will always defend myself against frivolous lawsuits.”
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