A 23-year-old model has filed a lawsuit accusing New Jersey Nets star Jason Kidd of groping and threatening her at a Manhattan nightclub 2 months ago.
A spokesman for Kidd denied the allegations as a "false" and "defamatory" attempt to get money from the player who earns almost $20 million a year.
The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, said Kidd "battered and assaulted" the woman in the Lower West Side club Tenjune on Oct. 10 when he "grabbed her buttocks and crotch on multiple occasions."
"He kept staring at her and then went over and grabbed her butt," the woman's lawyer, Russell S. Adler, said yesterday.
He said, "She told him, 'Get off me! Get away from me!' " before bouncers pulled Kidd away.
Words were exchanged and Kidd grabbed the woman again, pushing her against a wall and putting his hand under her dress, Adler said. When she protested, the lawyer said, Kidd asked, "If we have a fight, who do you think is going to win?"
Adler said that when his client tried to send a text message, Kidd slapped her cell phone out of her hand. Adler said she left the club in the Meatpacking District a short time after that.
A spokesman for New York police confirmed on Oct. 17 that the woman had filed a criminal complaint against Kidd, but Adler said the district attorney's office told him late yesterday that prosecutors would not pursue charges.
Kidd's lawyer, Paul Grand, issued a statement reiterating previous comments that the claims were false.
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* The Charlotte Bobcats acquired center Nazr Mohammed from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for center Primoz Brezec and forward Walter Herrmann.
In games last night:
* At Indianapolis, Jason Kapono scored 17 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers, 104-93, for their fourth straight win. Mike Dunleavy scored 23 for the Pacers.
* At Boston, Paul Pierce scored a season-high 32 points as the Celtics overcame Ray Allen's absence with a sore ankle and beat the Milwaukee Bucks, 104-82. Boston matched the franchise record with a 12-0 start at home.
* At East Rutherford, N.J., Vince Carter matched a season high with 32 points, Richard Jefferson had 24, and the Nets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
* At Memphis, Chris Kaman and Corey Maggette both scored 23 points and Kaman grabbed 16 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers used a 10-2 fourth-quarter run to beat the Grizzlies, 98-91. Mike Miller scored 23 points to lead Memphis.
* At Minneapolis, Chris Wilcox had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-88. Al Jefferson had 22 points and 16 rebounds for Minnesota.
* At Charlotte, Dwight Howard had 33 points and 18 rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the Bobcats, 103-87, to snap a three-game losing streak. Raymond Felton scored 18 points for Charlotte.
* At Dallas, Jason Terry's 25 points lifted the Mavericks past New Orleans, 89-80. Chris Paul scored 22 points for the Hornets.
* At Portland, Brandon Roy's 29 points led the Trail Blazers, 99-91, over Utah, which was led by Carlos Boozer's 22 points.
* At Chicago, Luol Deng's 29 points led the Bulls over the New York Knicks, 101-96. Zach Randolph led New York with 27 points and 15 rebounds.
* At Auburn Hills, Mich., Chauncey Billups scored 23 points, helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Atlanta Hawks, 91-81. Joe Johnson scored 23 for the Hawks. *