Rodman's speedboat impounded for unauthorized docking

Updated: August 5, 2003, 7:01 PM ET

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Dennis Rodman's 47-foot speedboat was impounded after he used someone else's dock without permission.

The dock owner asked the 42-year-old former NBA star to move the boat and he ignored him, Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.

"It's something like a vehicle being illegally parked in someone's driveway," said Sgt. David Gintjer of the sheriff's Newport Harbor Patrol.

Rodman repeatedly has tangled with local authorities, who have responded to 70 noise complaints involving parties at his beachfront home.

Paul Meyer, a lawyer who has represented Rodman in some of the complaints, said Tuesday he was unaware of the boat problem. The boat was impounded Sunday.

"I expect it's only a ticket," Meyer said

Rodman also is involved in a trial in Santa Ana. A former waitress seeks unspecified damages on her claim that Rodman drugged, raped and imprisoned her at his home in March 2001. Rodman testified last week he had no recollection of meeting the woman and denied raping her. No criminal charges were filed.

The accusations are similar to those made against Rodman by another woman who contended she was sexually assaulted at his home four years ago. That $10 million lawsuit was recently settled and also did not involve a criminal charge.

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