Celebrity Photo Agency Apologizes to Tony Parker

Celebrity Photo Agency Apologizes to Tony Parker
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updated 04/07/2008 at 11:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/07/2008 11:00AM

In a humbling apology buried on its Web site, celebrity photo agency X17online.com has finally admitted that nearly a dozen stories about Eva Longoria Parker's husband were fabricated.

"In December 2007, X17online.com published over ten articles concerning Tony Parker and a woman named Alexandra Paressant. Various of the articles asserted that, after Mr. Parker was introduced to Ms. Paressant by Thierry Henry at this wedding to Eva Longoria, Mr. Parker engaged in sexual relations with Ms. Paressant. Since the publication of these articles, X17online.com and X17, Inc. have discovered that Mr. Parker has never met with, or spoken to, Ms. Paressant nor has he ever had sexual relations with her. X17online.com and X17, Inc. regret having been misled by Ms. Paressant and her representatives and apologize to Mr. Parker for any damage or inconvenience this may have caused him or his wife," the statement read.

A lawyer for Parker, 25, told media outlets on Dec. 18 that his client had never met the alleged adulteress and both Parker and Longoria Parker. Three days later the NBA launched legal action against X17 for $40 million in damages.

Intra-continental investigations by PEOPLE at the time revealed that Paressant fabricated French identity documents, infringed copyrights by using online photos of other models and also used two cellphones to masquerade as her "best friend" and agent. Among other falsehoods, Saint Nazaire-born Paressant, 28, falsely claimed to be a model for Victoria's Secret and Dolce and Gabbana on her MySpace page. Her page has since been stripped of photos and is now set to private. Her last log in date was nearly two weeks ago.

"I love my wife," Parker had said in a statement to PEOPLE when the allegations first surfaced. "She's the best thing in my life, and I have never been happier." Longoria Parker, 33, who took her husband's name after their July 2007 nuptials, added, "Tony has been nothing short of the perfect husband."

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