People Staff
January 11, 2008 AT 01:20 PM EST

Yesterday, Fabián Lavalle underwent a psychological exam by order of the Ministerio Público of the Reclusorio Oriente prison, his lawyer Marco Antonio Corrales told Mexican newspaper El Universal.

The goal of the test is to better understand the journalist’s mental state in the hopes of settling his dispute with Alfredo Cervantes Landa, a male prostitute who allegedly attacked him on Oct. 31 in Mexico City.

Lavalle also visited the Attorney General’s office in Mexico’s Federal District, but he rushed to get into to his SUV and made no comment to the press while leaving the location.

Lavalle’s lawyer reiterated that his client constantly receives death threats, causing him to fear for his and his family’s lives. Hearings are scheduled for the end of the month pending the results of the psychological evaluation.

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