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Lawyers: Colorado star hoopster framed in porn case

Just a day after one of the most popular Colorado basketball star's home was raided for illicit material, the Denver Nuggets are contending he's a victim of extortion.

Chris "Birdman" Andersen was involved in an ongoing investigation into child pornography possession.

Sheriffs from Douglas County seized materials from the man's home in Larkspur late last week, according to authorities. Larkspur is about a half-hour south of Denver.

Attorneys for the team have said that the man is a victim of fraud and extortion, arguing that professional athletes are commonly targeted in scams involving alleged crimes. They revealed this week that a woman had been harassing the 33-year-old star on the Internet, demanding that he pay for items on her Amazon wish list and other home decorating supplies.

The woman, who was in her 20s, had flown to Colorado to pursue an investigation with Andersen. His attorneys say that the woman had sent him explicit photographs, and she had threatened to claim that she was underage if he didn't buy the items she requested.

Meanwhile, deputies have said that Andersen has been under investigation for several months, after information was forwarded from California authorities. That unit had been investigating Andersen for child pornography, but Internet luring and child predators also fall under the group's jurisdiction.

Lawyers for the team say they are certain that Andersen will quickly be exonerated in the case. He is reportedly cooperating with law enforcement officers, and authorities have said an arrest is not pending. The star has not been charged with any crimes.

Source: USA Today, "Report: New twist to Chris Andersen Internet crimes case?," May 11, 2012

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