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Woman sues soul singer; Rawls calls it frivolous

A woman who says she gave up her business to become Lou Rawls' mistress sued the soul singer for $12 million, saying he backed out of a verbal agreement to support her financially even if they split.

Rawls' manager said the lawsuit was frivolous and that the singer was acquainted with the woman but never dated her.

In the lawsuit filed Thursday, Margaret Schaffer said she met Rawls in Washington state at a Valentine's Day concert in 1998.

Rawls' manager, David Brokaw, said Thursday night the lawsuit "has no merit." He said Rawls and his wife have lived in his Los Angeles home for 20 years.

The lawsuit seeks $2 million in compensatory damages, $10 million in punitive damages and half the worth of the real estate, stocks and vehicles Schaffer says Rawls bought while they were together.