Toronto strippers sue NBAers

SAM PAZZANO -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 5:20 PM ET

Two Toronto exotic dancers have launched an $18-million lawsuit against three former Milwaukee Bucks alleging they were physically assaulted after rejecting the NBA players' sexual advances.

Adrian Cimpean and his wife, Vida Asante, are suing Gary Payton, 38, Sam Cassell, 37, and Jason Caffey, 33, as well as the Bucks and the NBA in the lawsuit filed yesterday.

Cimpean, 32, and Asante, 39, want $10 million in damages, plus $8 million for their two young sons.

The players were acquitted in February of criminal charges stemming from an altercation outside the strip club For Your Eyes Only on King St. W. in the early morning hours of April 11, 2003.

The players were represented at their criminal trial by Toronto lawyer Eddie Greenspan, who accused the couple of exaggerating their injuries to aid their lawsuit.

The statement of claim alleges Payton had "paid a considerable sum of money to (dancer) Charmaine 'Jordan' Stone ... over the course of the evening."

Jordan asked Asante, whose husband Cimpean always accompanied her home, to escort her out of the bar because the three Bucks were "pressuring Jordan to come back to their hotel room."

'THIS IS MY LADY'

The players were reportedly waiting outside in a cab.

After Payton allegedly screamed at the women "in a sexually aggressive and intimidating manner," Cimpean said, "This is my lady, please," as he "sought to avoid conflict," the lawsuit says.

"I can't believe this ... look at him ... do you know who I am? Yo, do you know who you're dealing with?" the claim alleges Payton yelled at the diminuative Cimpean.

Cimpean, also a dancer, was then beaten by Payton, Cassell and Caffey, the suit says.

The lawsuit also takes aim at the NBA and the Bucks for failing to discipline players for their off-court conduct.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

"We don't comment on pending litigation," said Tim Frank, the NBA's vice-president of communications.

Counsel for the Bucks, Miami Heat -- where Payton now plays, and the L.A. Clippers -- Cassell's team, were not available for comment.

The day after the incident, Asante was fired from the club and has not been employed since, the lawsuit says. Cimpean is left with several lingering physical problems, including partial hearing loss, constant headaches, and depression, the statement says.

He is now employed in the delivery services industry.


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