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Philadelphia Daily News | 07/22/2005 | Pa.'s Congressman Sherwood admits affair, denies abuse

Philadelphia Daily News | 07/22/2005 | Pa.'s Congressman Sherwood admits affair, denies abuse: "Posted on Fri, Jul. 22, 2005

Pa.'s Congressman Sherwood admits affair, denies abuse
Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Rep. Don Sherwood, R-Pa., admitted in court papers filed yesterday that he had an affair with a Maryland woman for five years, but he denied abusing her, as she claimed in a $5.5 million civil suit.

The court papers were filed by Sherwood in response to the lawsuit filed last month by Cynthia Ore, 29, of Rockville, Md. In it, she alleges that he assaulted and struck her on several occasions.

Sherwood, 64, denied in his filing that Ore lived at his Capitol Hill apartment, as she claims in her suit. He said the affair ended Sept. 15, 2004 - the day police were called to his apartment after Ore dialed 911.

In a statement released yesterday, he apologized for the affair but denied having hurt Ore.

"I will defend myself to the fullest extent possible against these malicious and baseless allegations," Sherwood said.

Sherwood, a married millionaire with three daughters, is a four-term congressman.

According to the Sept. 15 police report, Ore called 911 on her cell phone from the bathroom of Sherwood's apartment and reported that he had "choked her for no apparent reason." Both parties said he had been giving her a back rub, but he said she had "jumped up" and ran to the bathroom."