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Kuwaiti broadcaster sues WWF too

VADER  NEW YORK (AP) -- A Kuwaiti broadcaster is suing the World Wrestling Federation over a promotional video that shows him being roughed up on the air by a wrestler.

Bassam Al Othman, the host of "Good Morning Kuwait," filed the suit Monday in federal court, accusing the federation of slurring all Arabic people by repeatedly showing the tape.

The video is a promotion for the wrestler "Vader," who grabbed Othman's tie and threatened him during a 1997 interview after Othman asked another wrestler whether the sport was faked, according to Othman's lawyer, Douglas Clark Hollmann of Annapolis, Md.

Othman "managed to pry Vader's hands off him and walked off the set," the lawsuit said.

The federation has used the clip to promote its shows "with the apparent belief that a video of a large white American wrestler shaking an Arab person by his tie had commercial value in the market their product is sold," the lawsuit said.

Jim Byrne, a spokesman for the wrestling organization, would not comment.

The lawsuit said use of the video is "clearly outrageous and insulting" to Othman and to Arabic people everywhere and in violation of the civil rights law.

The video clip, broadcast on television around the world, has been seen in Kuwait, causing Othman embarrassment, the lawsuit said. It said the video clip constitutes defamation.

  • Dec. 30, 1997: Vader convicted of assaulting TV host