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Jose Canseco Jr. Tweets Out Name & Phone Number Of Woman Accusing Him Of Rape

Former baseball player and author Jose Canseco signs copies of his new book 'Vindicated: Big Names, Big Liars, and the Battle to Save Baseball' at Book Soup in 2008. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Former baseball player and admitted steroid-user Jose Canseco Jr. has been accused of sexual assault, according to a long string of disturbing tweets from Canseco himself.

Yesterday Canseco, 48, tweeted out the name, the phone number, the work place and even a photo of a woman who he said had accused him of raping her. He denied the allegations and accused her of lying. This string of redacted tweets gives you an idea:

There is little information about the allegations, except that Las Vegas police are investigating. Police told the Associated Press that Canseco was a suspect in the investigation, but the investigation was not complete and no charges have been filed nor have any arrests been made. Canseco tweeted out that police visited him at his home on Wednesday morning. There's little other information about the case.

Legal analysts say his tweets could ultimately come back to bite Canseco, too. Bob Massi told FOX5 that Canseco could easily be sued for defamation and invasion of privacy being of these "reckless" tweets: "Somebody's going to pay for this, and it's going to be him."

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Of course, these tweets open up the woman in question to harassment from any one of his more than 510,000 followers, and the harassment of sexual assault victims has become an increasing problem on Twitter (as highlighted by the Steubenville case).

Some of the tweets that Canseco sent out have since been taken down, but he denies deleting them. It's not clear whether Twitter took them down—or whether some of the tweets even violate its Terms of Service—or whether a publicist or someone who has access to his account did it to save Canseco from himself.

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