CHICAGO (CN) – New York Knicks center Eddy Curry, who was sued for harassment by his former driver, has filed a countersuit in Cook County Court, claiming the ex-employee and his lawyers spread details of confidential settlement agreements to The New York Times and the New York Post.
Former driver Dave Kuchinsky had sued Curry in Manhattan Federal Court in January, claiming Curry exposed himself, and called him names like “cracker,” “white slave” and “grandmaster of the KKK.” Kuchinsky’s lawsuit demanded $98,000 in back pay and expenses.
Kuchinsky’s attorneys, Leslie Levine and Matthew Blit with Levine & Blit, arranged with Curry’s counsel to hold a “non-binding mediation conference” in Chicago, the lawsuit claims.
After that meeting, Curry says Kuchinsky’s attorneys, Leslie Levine and Matthew Blit with Levine & Blit, violated their confidentiality agreement by leaking information about the unsuccessful mediation session to the media.
Some of the details purportedly spread by Kuchinsky’s attorneys included the results of a polygraph test Kuchinsky had supposedly taken and passed, and the defendants’ challenge for Curry to do the same.
He says the conduct “has severely hindered Plaintiff’s right for a fair and impartial trial by prejudicing potential jurors and the public at large,” adding that it has “negatively impacted Plaintiff’s future NBA employment contracts and endorsement contracts.”
He demands at least $50,000 in damages and an order preventing Kuchinsky and his attorneys from discussing the case publicly.
He is represented by Mark Belongia with Belongia, Shapiro & Hynes LLP.