Charles Oakley Files Lawsuit Against James Dolan and Madison Square Garden – New York Times


Charles Oakley in court in April in connection with the Feb. 8 incident in which he was arrested. He has now filed a lawsuit in the case.

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Charles Oakley’s battle with his former team resumed on Tuesday when he filed a lawsuit in federal court against the New York Knicks’ owner, James L. Dolan; the Madison Square Garden Company, and two other companies that Dolan owns.

The civil suit alleges 10 different causes of action including defamation, assault and battery stemming from an incident at a Knicks game last Feb. 8 when Oakley, a former star of the team, was arrested and led from the Garden in handcuffs after getting into an altercation with security guards.

In a statement, Oakley’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, said he filed the lawsuit in Federal District Court in Manhattan “out of principle and his desire to hold Mr. Dolan accountable for his actions.”

The Knicks did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

The suit comes just a month Oakley agreed to a deal with the Manhattan district attorney’s office in which the charges filed against him last Feb. 8 will be dropped as long as he isn’t arrested in the next six months, and stays away from the Garden for one year.

In the lawsuit, Oakley contends that he did nothing wrong on the night of the incident and that security guards removed him by force after asking, “Why are you sitting so close to Mr. Dolan?” Oakley alleges assault, battery, and false imprisonment against the Madison Square Garden Company, MSG Networks and MSG Sports & Entertainment relating to the ejection.

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