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Olympic medalist drink allegedly spiked with date-rape drug

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Authorities on Friday searched for a man charged with giving a date-rape drug to former Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Oksana “Pasha” Grishuk.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist said James R. Halstead, of Santa Ana, encouraged her to order a drink as they waited for a dinner table at the posh St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel in Orange County on April 12. He then encouraged her to finish it, she said, but she only took a few sips before the two moved to the dining room.

Halstead, 61, of Santa Ana, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of administering a drug to Grishuk with the intent of having sex with her. He remained at large Friday.

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