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NBA guard Avery Bradley revealed to have paid settlement sum after sexual assault allegations

An NBA player has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman and then paying off the alleged victim, TMZ Sports reported Friday.

Avery Bradley, now a guard for the Detroit Pistons, allegedly assaulted a woman in Cleveland earlier this year while playing for the Boston Celtics. On May 23, Bradley's Celtics were in Ohio for a playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and after the game Bradley allegedly assaulted an unnamed woman, whom TMZ Sports described as a "reality star." The alleged victim claims she was too inebriated to consent.

TMZ Sports reported that Bradley and the alleged victim negotiated a civil settlement. Exactly how much Bradley paid the woman is not known, but TMZ Sports claimed that a settlement of as much as $400,000 was at least briefly considered. The settlement included a confidentiality agreement "to protect the reputation and privacy of Mr. Bradley and his family," Bradley's lawyer, Brian Wolf, told ESPN.

Wolf additionally emphasized to TMZ Sports that his client is innocent. "Mr. Bradley absolutely denies having engaged in wrongdoing whatsoever. The confidentiality agreement specifically refutes and denies the validity of all allegations of any wrongful conduct by Mr. Bradley," Wolf said.

The Boston Globe reported that the Celtics were unaware of any accusations against Bradley until TMZ Sports released its report early Friday. The Celtics traded Bradley to the Pistons in July; neither the Pistons nor the NBA have released any public statement on the allegations, ESPN reported.