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Lafferty Done With Charity

Jan. 27 2009, Published 12:14 p.m. ET

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One Tree Hill star James Lafferty has canceled his annual basketball charity game due to the rude and aggressive behavior of fans.

According to People, the 23 year-old Lafferty said in a statement: "As a result of constant harassment and gross invasions of privacy via e-mail and telephone, targeting myself, my friends and even my family, I no longer feel comfortable holding a fundraiser in such an intimate setting with fans."

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Lafferty's basketball game, which donates the proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has been a successful tradition for the past five years. In the previous year, over 1,300 fans showed up, paying $25 each.

"It is frustrating and discouraging that a few have ruined it for the many this year," the statement went on. "Thank you to all the fans who have been gracious, cordial and supportive of the charity events in the past, and thank you for understanding."

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Fans will have to content themselves with whatever hoop work Lafferty does as athlete Nathan Scott on One Tree Hill.



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