Report: De La Hoya paid $20M to hide pic
Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya shelled out a whopping $20 million to keep a model quiet over a photo shoot that saw the "Golden Boy" dressed in high heels, fishnet stockings and frilly lingerie, the New York Post reported Thursday, citing sources.
The newspaper published the drag photos of De La Hoya frolicking with Siberian knockout Milana Dravnel on Nov. 15, 2007, after which the boxer insisted that the pictures were frauds.
De La Hoya, 38, finally admitted the truth in a remarkable Spanish-language interview with Univision on Tuesday, which also saw the fighter say that he contemplated suicide while battling alcohol and drug addictions.
"Let me tell you, yes, yes, it was me (in those pictures)," he said. "I am tired now of lying, of lying to the public and of lying to myself."
De La Hoya said he was high on booze and cocaine when the racy photos were snapped.
After De La Hoya launched a campaign to discredit the wild images, Dravnel filed a federal lawsuit against him, claiming that his handlers duped her into agreeing that the photos were manipulated.
They settled the lawsuit out of court, and both sides clammed up, citing a confidentiality agreement.
But courthouse sources confirmed Wednesday that De La Hoya paid $20 million to buy her silence. The deal also called for her to give back the heels, lingerie and fishnets that she kept after their kinky photo session.