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Pippen’s Trial Dropped When Former Fiancee Fails To Appear In Court

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Domestic battery charges against Chicago Bulls basketball star Scottie Pippen were dropped Monday after his former fiancee failed to appear for the trial in Waukegan, Ill.

“The state was not in position to proceed without her testimony, so the case was dismissed,” said Claudia Kasten, an assistant state’s attorney in Lake County.

Pippen, 29, was charged May 19 with two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery after his then-fiancee, Yvette DeLeone, told police that Pippen had grabbed her arm and shoved her against a vehicle during a quarrel at Pippen’s suburban Chicago home.

The couple since have ended their relationship and DeLeone has left Illinois, Kasten said.

“She would not tell us where she was,” Kasten said. “She told us through a telephone conversation that she didn’t want to go forward with the case.”

Portland Trail Blazers guard James Robinson’s agent said he couldn’t imagine his client being responsible for an alleged sexual assault on a woman in a motel in Coos Bay, Ore.

“Knowing James Robinson, I think it’s totally untrue,” James Cook said from his office in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Police acknowledged during the weekend they were investigating whether Robinson, who was conducting a basketball camp in the neighboring town of Coquille, had sexually assaulted a Coquille woman at a Coos Bay motel.

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