updated 03/22/2002 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/22/2002 AT 12:00 PM ET
A civil suit has been filed against Canadian singer Celine Dion’s manager/husband, Rene Angelil, 60, by a Los Angeles woman who claims he fondled her in an elevator and then sexually assaulted her in her Las Vegas hotel room two years ago, Reuters reports. Angelil’s Los Angeles lawyer Marty Singer called the charges “a complete fabrication” in an interview with Reuters. The lawyer said that although his client paid a confidential monetary settlement to the woman to keep the accusations quiet at a time when Angelil was battling cancer and Dion, 33, was undergoing complicated fertility treatments, he was now ready to refute the charges in court. Yun Kyeong Sung Kwon, an ordained minister of the Full Gospel World Church, and her husband, Ae Kwon, filed a complaint on March 16, according to Reuters, accusing Angelil with assaulting her in March 2000. Reuters reports that the couple are seeking unspecified damages for assault, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment. The suit claims that Kwon was gambling at Caesar’s Palace on March 18, 2000 when Angelil introduced himself, reports Reuters. Later that night, Angelil approached Kwon again and offered her concert tickets. The suit alleges that Angelil followed Kwon back to the Imperial Palace, where she was a guest, and into an elevator where he fondled her, according to Reuters. Kwon accuses Angelil of forcing his way into her hotel room and assaulting her, the complaint charges. Although Kwon called hotel security, reports Reuters, the alleged assault was never reported to the Las Vegas police. Angelil, in a statement, vowed to fight the lawsuit and force the Kwons to repay all of the earlier settlement money they had received, which he plans to give to charity.