The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, played squash in a charity event to raise funds for a Pittsburgh youth center - then posted $4,000 bail to spring the program's founder from jail.

Ramon "Tru" Dixon was arrested for failing to pay child support. Fergie met Dixon last year when she was in Pittsburgh to film a segment on inspirational people."Here is a man who has so much to give to the community and inner-city kids, and they get him for something like this," she said.

After she lost her match to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., police arrested Dixon for being $6,000 in arrears.

The mother of Dixon's daughter, Nakisha, said she couldn't understand "how Fergie could back somebody who shirks child support."

"She thought he deserved a second chance," a spokesman for the duchess said.



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