Eddy Curry is considering a defamation suit against his former driver to combat the explosive sexual harassment and racial discrimination accusations levied against the Knicks center, Curry's lawyer told Newsday yesterday.
considering any and all legal remedies," Curry's Chicago-based lawyer, Kelly
Saindon said, "because this is just crazy."
David Kuchinsky, who worked for Curry for three years as
his personal driver, filed a lawsuit Monday in Southern District of New York
seeking $68,000 in unpaid wages and $25,000 in expenses that he said were not
reimbursed. He also is seeking $5 million in damages, his lawyer told Newsday
According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained yesterday by Newsday,
Kuchinsky accuses Curry - in vivid detail - of making inappropriate sexual
advances and exposing himself on two occasions, referring to Kuchinsky in
racially offensive and derogative terms, and pointing a loaded gun at his
Curry, who is married with four children, vehemently denied those
accusations Monday night, and yesterday, his lawyer promised there will be legal
ramifications for Kuchinsky to deal with as a result of these
In addition to potentially suing Kuchinsky for defamation of
character, Saindon said she will file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on the
basis that Kuchinsky's employment contract stated that any workplace disputes
would be brought before the American Arbitration Association in
"Clearly," she said, "he didn't do that."
Curry also will sue Kuchinsky to recover Curry's personal items such as clothes
and furniture that are currently being held in two New York storage facilities
behind a lock controlled by Kuchinsky.
"They changed the locks on that
and haven't given Eddy access to his stuff," she said, "so now I'm going to have
to go after him to get Eddy's stuff back."
She said she had asked
Kuchinsky to return the items during their conversations over the past month,
but that he continually declined to do so. Saindon contends that his motivation
for filing this lawsuit is his being fired in October without any
Kuchinsky's lawyer, Matthew Blit, did not return multiple
messages yesterday seeking comment. A message left on a machine at a number
listed for Kuchinsky also was not returned.
Among the allegations in the
lawsuit filed Monday, Kuchinsky accuses Curry of pointing a loaded gun at him in
an attempt to intimidate him from reporting the incidents of sexual harassment
and racial discrimination.
The lawsuit specifically states Curry "on at
least two different occasions, pointed a fully loaded, unclipped gun precisely
in the plaintiff's direction and saying 'look, the clip's not in it' and 'look,
I have one in the chamber.'"
Regarding sexual harassment, the lawsuit
alleges, "On more than one occasion in the last year of plaintiff's employment,
Curry approached him, in the nude, and tried to solicit him to engage in
homosexual acts with him by telling the plaintiff 'Look at me, Dave, look' and
'Come and touch it, Dave.'"
The lawsuit also contends that Curry used
anti-Semitic terms and racially offensive language when referring to
For the second straight day, Curry's lawyer described the
lawsuit as a case of extortion. "It is what it is," Saindon said. "It is
ridiculous. It's preposterous. There's no truth or veracity."
illustrate her case, Saindon said she pulled Kuchinsky's employment contract yesterday and said it states he was to be paid $3,500 per month.
amount of money they say is unpaid [$68,000] is effectively 19 1/2 months, which
I find entertaining because he would have worked for free for a year and a
half," she said.
Curry, 26, has two years and $21.7 million remaining on
his contract with the Knicks, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns
Newsday. He has played only three minutes this season because of a knee injury
and being out of shape.
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