Kris Humphries

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Kris Humphries is ready to "vigorously" clear his name.

The baller's attorney exclusively tells E! News that the star is girding up to duke it out with a woman who alleges that the athlete gave her herpes.

"It is unfortunate that Ms. Kayla Goldberg and her attorneys chose to name my client, Kris Humphries, in a lawsuit alleging such malicious, defamatory and demonstrably false claims," his attorney, Lee A Hutton III, tells E! News.

"Shortly prior to filing the complaint, Ms. Goldberg demanded $24 million"—while that number hasn't appeared in any of the legal filings, it has been cited in other published reports—"from Kris in exchange to avoid publicity on the matter. Athletes and celebrities have a legal right to exist without harassment."

Hutton also added that "we will vigorously pursue all available remedies to defend and protect Mr. Humphries against these allegations."

Goldberg sued the 27-year-old last week for sexual battery and negligent transmission of a venereal disease suit, claiming that he infected her with herpes after they allegedly met at a restaurant, hooked up and had unprotected sex.

She is seeking unspecified general, specific and punitive damages and court costs.

—Additional reporting by Baker Machado

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