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Surfing Legend Allen Sarlo's Ex Sues Him for Contracting Herpes

Sarlo assured Mary Bigler he had no STDs, her lawsuit claims. She found out she had herpes in May, she says, alleging that he gave the disease to at least one other.

Allen Sarlo surfing Malibu. Patch file photo.
Allen Sarlo surfing Malibu. Patch file photo.

A professional surfer is being sued by a woman who alleges she contracted herpes from him during their relationship.

Mary Bigler filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Allen Sarlo. Her allegations include battery, negligence, emotional distress and misrepresentation. She seeks at least $5 million.

A representative for Sarlo could not be immediately reached.

According to the lawsuit, Sarlo was married with two children when he and Bigler began a relationship shortly after she moved to Malibu, where the surfer already resided. Before the relationship became sexual in nature, Bigler asked Sarlo if he had any sexually transmitted diseases, the suit states.

Sarlo said he was free of any such diseases and that his wife was the only woman he had been with the past 25 years, according to the lawsuit. Sarlo assured Bigler he had no STDs, the suit states.

Sarlo took Bigler with him to surfing contests around the world, the suit states.

She found out she had herpes in May, according to the suit.

"After engaging in sexual intercourse with Sarlo, Bigler tested positive for an STD, including herpes, the suit states.    

"It was later learned by Ms. Bigler that during the course of her relationship with Mr. Sarlo that he was engaging in sexual relations with other women, including a young girl he met at a surf shop ... to whom he also transmitted herpes."

After Bigler told Sarlo he gave her herpes, he "agreed and/or acknowledged that he had done this," the suit states.

Sarlo told the plaintiff last summer that the girl he allegedly infected with the STD sent an email to his wife telling her that she contracted herpes from him, the suit states.

--City News Service


Tuffer Marsolek July 10, 2014 at 05:12 PM
The Malibu Patch used to be a resource for breaking news and events, not gossip. Regardless of where the truth lies, this matter is between two individuals, and should not be broadcasted to the world. Shame on you Malibu Patch.
Saltwater July 10, 2014 at 05:56 PM
Patch is not now now has it ever been that.
Elena Corral July 10, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Sadly it looks as though The ________Patch (insert your city) has changed completely...more ads and stories about non local news/events/gossip have taken over, I suspect to pay the bills. I've asked before and will ask again. Is it possible to have one page devoted to all things Malibu? This way those who choose to, can go directly to that page and not have to wade through everything else. #mytwocents
Tiff Mulligan July 10, 2014 at 09:46 PM
There are so many legal issues and public lawsuits in Malibu, why focus on this one?

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