Domi dukes it out in court

SAM PAZZANO -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

Former Maple Leaf enforcer Tie Domi has launched a $950,000 defamation lawsuit against radio personality John Derringer for falsely alleging Domi charged fees to appear for charities including Variety Village.

Domi is seeking $500,000 in general damages, $250,000 in special damages and $100,000 each for aggravated and punitive damages, plus costs against morning Q-107 radio show host Derringer, his employer, Corus Premium Television Ltd. and Corus Entertainment Inc.

It claims that Derringer defamed Domi on Oct. 2, 2006 during his morning show broadcast by asserting that Domi received financial compensation from his involvement and contributions to charity events and, or, other causes, and in particular, from Variety Village. Domi claims that Derringer led his listeners to believe that the former Leaf "is a morally flawed public personality who misleads the public about his philanthropic contributions (and) that Tie Domi's past, current and future involvements to charitable causes is motivated by personal financial gain."

Domi claims his reputation has been damaged and he has suffered and continues to suffer embarrassment, humiliation and other damages.

In a statement of defence filed yesterday afternoon, Derringer denies that he said Domi received compensation for his involvement or contributions to charity events, but raised the issue after two credible sources said former tough guy asked for a $5,000 fee to attend the Variety Village Sunshine Games in May, 2006 and asked for a benefit to attend another function.

The defence also says that "Derringer clearly stated, in the broadcast, that he does not know if Domi had asked for money or asked for a benefit in the past for doing charitable work and explicitly says these are allegations that he is not saying are true but ... maybe a newspaper reporter should look into whether Domi is sometimes paid or receives a benefit for attending functions to raise money for charity."

The defence argues that if Domi's reputation has been lowered it is a "result of adverse publicity he received as a result of testifying at the MFP Leasing Inquiry ( which involved his brother Dash) and of his estranged wife Leanne's public statements concerning Domi's adultery (with Belinda Stronach and actress Tia Carrere)."

None of the allegations in the statements of claim or defence have been proven in court.


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