Knicks' Eddy Curry May File Defamation Suit Against Former Driver

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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.

"We're 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 Monday.

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 head.

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 allegations.

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 Chicago.

"Clearly," she said, "he didn't do that."

Saindon said 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 notice.

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 Kuchinsky.

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."

To 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.

"So the 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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