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The blood and broken teeth of “Survivor” star Jonny Fairplay are not on the hands of the producers of the awards show during which radio personality Danny Bonaduce allegedly assaulted him, the Fox Reality Channel is arguing in court papers.
Fairplay, aka Jon Dalton, landed face-first on the stage floor at this year’s “Reality Awards” after Bonaduce, apparently irritated that his co-presenter had jumped into his arms, famously tossed him over his head. According to a lawsuit Fairplay filed last month, the producers are liable for the body-slamming Bonaduce’s conduct because they knew he “posed a serious threat to Plaintiff” based on his “known personality and character traits, history of illegal conduct and use of alcohol and/or drugs.”
In a response to the complaint (a copy is here), Fox attorney Raimo Kaasik of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith in Los Angeles says the case is about nothing more than a “silly and stupid stunt ‘gone bad'” and that, based on Fairplay’s “own self-admissions,” he cannot show the alleged assault was foreseeable.
“Plaintiff acknowledges that Mr. Bonaduce’s response to plaintiff’s ‘playful jumping’ into his arms was an ‘unscripted,’ ‘surprise assault’ – ‘without warning,'” Kaasik notes. “Furthermore, plaintiff and co-defendant Mr. Bonaduce had ‘previously done’ plaintiff’s ‘playful jumping routine’ without incident.” The allegations that Bonaduce “posed a serious threat” are “nothing more than impermissible conclusions,” the demurrer continues.
A hearing on the motion is scheduled for March 11.
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