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The civil trial of pro basketball player Vernon Maxwell, who is accused of knowingly giving a woman herpes, is on hold after the former Houston Rockets star filed for bankruptcy.

Maxwell, 33, who played for the Charlotte Hornets last season, filed bankruptcy papers in Atlanta, one day before the herpes trial was set to begin here.

Under federal law, the plaintiff and all others seeking to collect from Maxwell must wait until the Georgia bankruptcy court rules on his case, something lawyers said could take years.

Sheila Rias, who claims Maxwell infected her during a brief relationship three years ago, is suing. Her attorney, Philip Bryant, only would say she is "disappointed his filing has prevented a trial."

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