Warning: this one's a little crazy, even for the insatiable New York media types. Knicks' center Eddy Curry was handed a sexual harassment lawsuit on Monday, which normally wouldn't be all that surprising -- especially considering the example that was set by the team's former president, Isiah Thomas.
But the shock comes when you realize that this lawsuit was actually filed by a dude: Curry's former driver, David Kuchinsky.
If the man-on-man harassment case didn't grab your attention at first glance, then maybe some of the details will.
From the NY Post, naturally:
The stunning court papers claim Curry, a married father of three, repeatedly approached chauffeur David Kuchinsky "in the nude," allegedly telling him, "Look at me, Dave, look" and "Come and touch it, Dave."
Curry also made Kuchinsky perform "humiliating tasks outside the scope of his employment, such as cleaning up and removing dirty towels [Curry had ejaculated into] so that his wife would not see them," the Manhattan federal court suit says.
Kuchinsky, who is straight and Jewish, also alleges racial discrimination, saying that Curry hurled slurs at him including "f---ing Jew," "cracker," "white slave," "white devil" and "grandmaster of the KKK."
I have just one word to describe this: insanity. But believe it or not, it actually gets worse.
Seriously, these are some pretty crazy accusations, and in light of the fact that Kuchinsky is only seeking around $98,000 in damages, it makes it even crazier.
Like, why bother dragging Curry's name though the mud like this unless (a) it was true, and/or (b) Curry was unwilling to pay any hush money? I get that athletes are targets and all that, but accusing one of homosexual advances and threats of violence just to get less than $100K in return seems a but extreme. Oh, did I forget to include the part about the gun? My bad, here you go:
Kuchinsky further claims in his suit that Curry pointed a "fully loaded" gun at him on at least two separate occasions to keep him from complaining about his treatment.
"Look, I have one in the chamber," Curry allegedly said.
Of course, we have no way of proving that any of this happened as the plaintiff said it did, but my Lord, if I were Curry I would have just paid the man and been on my way. Regardless, it appears that Curry's lawyer is doing as much as possible to call the plaintiff's credibility into question:
Curry took a chance on hiring Kuchinsky despite a criminal record that includes a three-year prison sentence for a 1992 burglary in New Jersey. He also got three years' probation in a 2004 resisting-arrest case in the Garden State, records show.
"It's shocking that Eddy opened his home to a convicted felon out of prison, and gave him a job when he couldn't find a job, and this is what comes out of it," she said. "The entire thing is preposterous."
Preposterous? Sure. Out of the question? Well, that one's not as easy of an answer. The whole thing sounds ridiculous, but the fact that Curry's driver is willing to go on the record about all of this makes it at least plausible. Which, for Eddy Curry, has to be at the very least a huge embarrassment, whether the accusations turn out to be true or not.
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