The boxer assures the photos that picture him dressed as a woman aren't real, and that he knows who distributed them

Por People Staff
Updated Septiembre 20, 2007
Oscar De La Hoya

Yesterday, the X17 agency posted six photos in which Óscar De La Hoya supposedly appears dressed as a woman, wearing a leotard, panties and high heels. In one of the images, the athlete is shown wearing red boxing gloves, while in another, he's sporting a red wig. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long for a storm to erupt. spoke with De La Hoya's managing agency; they directed us to lawyer Bertram Fields, who sent us this statement via email:

“Oscar does know the woman who we believe is selling these photographs to the tabloid media. But he assures me that the photos are phony. He has asked me to pursue his legal remedies. Because we are contemplating legal action, Oscar will make no further comment at this time,” Fields explained.

The boxer's representative, Debbie Caplan, declared earlier to the New York paper Daily News that the images “are Photoshopped. They're not real. His head's too small and it doesn't even look like his body.” The same publication cites R. Couri Hay, a Gotham magazine columnist who says he interviewed an New York exotic dancer who could have distributed the photos. “She says she took the photos at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia on May 17,” Hay said. “I fully believe she is telling the truth. She had been reluctant to talk. But now that she's being called a liar, she's ready to sell her story. And, believe me, she has a lot of details.”

The newspaper also reports that a friend of the unnamed dancer said that De La Hoya, husband of Puerto Rican singer Millie Corretjer, had an affair with the woman. “They'd meet up in hotels, where the party could go on for days. There was a lot of tequila. It involved men and women,” she remarked to the paper.

De La Hoya's representative called these allegations “absurd” and said the woman must be “out of money.”