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July 29, 1990 | From Associated Press
Former Romanian gymnastics star Nadia Comaneci said Saturday she was held captive for three months by the man who helped her defect to the West last December and later was portrayed as her lover. In her first extensive interview concerning her relationship with Constantin Panait, Comaneci also said the Romanian carpenter had "stolen" $150,000 she earned in appearances throughout the United States after her defection.
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July 29, 1990 | From Associated Press
Former Romanian gymnastics star Nadia Comaneci said Saturday she was held captive for three months by the man who helped her defect to the West last December and later was portrayed as her lover. In her first extensive interview concerning her relationship with Constantin Panait, Comaneci also said the Romanian carpenter had "stolen" $150,000 she earned in appearances throughout the United States after her defection.
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February 19, 1990 | From Wire Service Reports
Nadia Comaneci confirmed rumors that she tried to kill herself at age 15 by drinking bleach, according to Life magazine's March issue. Comaneci said she was hospitalized for two days and was "glad because I didn't have to go to the gym," according to the magazine. It had been rumored, and the 1984 film "Nadia" indicated, that Comaneci attempted suicide at the height of her fame in 1977 after scoring perfect 10s in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. She had denied the rumors, however.
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October 16, 1990 | United Press International
Nadia Comaneci, the gymnastics darling of the 1976 Olympics, said the man who helped her flee Romania last year, far from being her lover, kept her prisoner in the United States, beat her regularly and cheated her of $150,000 in income. Comaneci said the ordeal lasted three months and took her on a harrowing journey through Florida, California, New York and Canada.
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July 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
It's hard to keep up with Nadia Comaneci. The gymnastics star of the 1976 Olympics is in Seoul now for a visit at the invitation of a friend, Kim Sang-min, a Korean businessman who lives in the United States. She long ago dumped Constantin Panait, the roofer who helped her defect from Romania before the Iron Curtain fell last year, and apparently has scrapped plans announced in February to marry Mihai Vasilescu, a Romanian computer programmer.
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December 17, 1989 | ROGER SIMON
As soon as I stepped into the office I heard the rumbling. "Tramp!" "Trollop!" "Heifer!" Wait a second, I said. I may have sown a few wild oats in my time, but I'm no heifer. "We are not speaking of you," a colleague informed me. "We are talking about that Commie concubine, Nadia Comaneci." When gymnastics superstar Nadia Comaneci defected to this country the week before last, she became an instant hero. Today, she is a bum. A home-wrecker, a harlot, a hussy.
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March 8, 1990 | From Times wire services
Nadia Comaneci's agent says she may have broken up with Constantin Panait, the married man who engineered her escape from Romania. The Olympic gymnast canceled her first U.S. appearance on the lecture circuit, apparently because she was upset over the breakup, said her agent, Bob Davis. She was to have given a speech Wednesday night at Nassau Community College.
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December 14, 1989 | From Associated Press
Nadia Comaneci plopped down nearly $20,000 in traveler's checks on a Camaro convertible and shopped her way through clothing stores this week, sales clerks said. Escorted by Constantin Panait, the married roofer who has accompanied the Olympic gold-medal gymnast since she fled Romania, Comaneci was staying in a $130-a-night suite at the Best Western Beachcomber Resort and Villas here through Wednesday morning.
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December 5, 1989 | From Reuters
Gymnast Nadia Comaneci said today that she plans to move in with a married boyfriend who helped her escape from Romania last week and to make a film of her life story. The star of the 1976 Montreal Olympics, 28, arrived in Miami on Monday and was whisked away to a hotel by State Department officials. She spent the night with her boyfriend, Constantin Panait, 34, a Romanian exile who lives in Hallandale, just north of Miami, and has a wife and four children.
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