Ronda Rousey, ex-manager avoid defamation lawsuit with book settlement

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Ronda Rousey has agreed to make what her attorney describes as "extremely minor" changes to the  paperback, ebook and audiobook versions of her autobiography as part of an agreement with her ex-manager to avoid a defamation lawsuit.

Ronda Rousey (Getty Images)
Ronda Rousey (Getty Images)

Rousey, the ex-UFC women's bantamweight champion who settled a managerial dispute with Darin Harvey in February, will make changes to her best-selling biography, "Rousey: My Fight/Your Fight," that Harvey felt defamed him.

In a statement, Harvey said, " ... During the four years we worked together, Ronda easily won all her amateur fights, went 8-0 as a professional, became the first woman to sign with the UFC, and landed roles in several feature films. Her book failed to acknowledge the important role I played in all of that and, in my view, defamed me in several respects."

A news released issued by Harvey said that Rousey and Regan Arts, the book's publisher, had agreed to make material changes to those portions of the book which reference Harvey. It said those changes would apply to all future printings of the book, including the paperback, ebook and audiobook versions.

Rousey's attorney, Alexander Polyachenko of the Los Angeles-based firm Bash & Polyachenko, issued a brief statement to Yahoo Sports, noting the settlement was supposed to be confidential.

"Neither I nor Ms. Rousey can specifically comment on a settlement that is 100 percent confidential and which Mr. Harvey had no right to disclose in the first place," it read. "Without violating any agreements, I can say that the changes Mr. Harvey refers to are extremely minor and would not in any way alter the theme or flow of Ms. Rousey's memoir."