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Vaughn withdraws defamation lawsuit against Imus

NEW YORK -- A Rutgers University basketball player on
Tuesday withdrew a slander and defamation lawsuit she had filed
against Don Imus and CBS Radio.

Kia Vaughn had contended in the lawsuit filed in August in New
York state Supreme Court that the comments made by Imus had damaged
her reputation. The lawsuit also named various media outlets that
broadcast Imus' show.

Marti McKenzie, a spokeswoman for Vaughn's attorney, Richard
Ancowitz, said in a statement that Vaughn had chosen to focus on
her education at New Jersey's Rutgers University as a journalism
major and as an athlete with the basketball team.

"Her strong commitments to both have influenced her decision to
withdraw the lawsuit at this time," the statement said.

A lawyer for Imus, Martin Garbus, said his client had paid no
money to Vaughn. CBS Radio did not immediately return a message
requesting comment.