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Don King sues ESPN for defamation

Jan. 13, 2005 at 12:49 PM

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Boxing promoter Don King has accused the cable sports network ESPN and parent Walt Disney of defamation in a $2.5 billion lawsuit.

King charged "SportsCentury," an ESPN biography series, damaged him on several counts last May, the Wall Street Journal said Thursday.

Among them, he said, was a claim he had cheated boxing great Muhammad Ali out of $1.2 million and he threatened to have another boxer killed. King said the program quoted someone saying he had killed "not once, but twice." King was convicted in a 1967 killing but acquitted in a case involving a 1954 death.

He also objected to being characterized as a "snake oil salesman, a shameless huckster and worse."

ESPN said it could not comment until it saw the suit.

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