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Former Padre Giles in palimony suit

Former Padre Giles in palimony suit
San Diego Padres batter Brian Giles readies for his first at bat against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field in Denver July 27, 2006. Giles singled in his first at bat. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey) | License Photo

SAN DIEGO, March 31 (UPI) -- Former San Diego Padres outfielder Brian Giles says he didn't hit his former fiancee, who is suing him for $10 million in a palimony case.

Giles testified Wednesday that he didn't strike his girlfriend at a bar in Phoenix in 2006, contradicting witness statements given to Phoenix police, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

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Giles, 40, was charged with a misdemeanor after police interviewed witnesses who said Giles struck his then-girlfriend, Cheri Olvera, but the charge was later dropped in a plea deal that required Giles to take anger management classes.

Olvera, 34, testified in the palimony trial Monday that he shoved her and "it felt like a hit."

Giles testified Wednesday that when she hit the ground it was "not from me striking her."

In her suit, Olvera says Giles broke a promise to provide for her after they broke up in 2008 and she did not sign a prenuptial agreement because he abused her and would not seek counseling to remedy it.

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