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JUDGE TO CONSIDER OFFICIALLY ADDING MAGIC’S NAME TO SUIT

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A federal judge will consider Wednesday whether Magic Johnson's name should be officially added to a lawsuit accusing him of giving a woman the virus which causes AIDS.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star has acknowledged he's the man identified as "Richard Roe" in the lawsuit, filed in October 1992. However, he opposes an East Lansing woman's bid to retitle the suit with his name but not her own.Johnson's lawyers argue in court documents that if he's publicly added to the case title, the woman should be treated the same way: "Having thrust her case and (Johnson's) identity into the public spotlight, she should not be permitted to remain anonymous."

The woman sued as "Jane Doe" on behalf of herself and daughter "Infant Doe." She contends Johnson infected her with the HIV virus during a one-night sexual relationship in 1990.

The woman contends she wrote Johnson a letter in August 1992 telling him he had transmitted the HIV virus to her.

Johnson acknowledges that he's Richard Roe but denies any memory of receiving the letter.