Former NFL Star Terrell Davis Sues Insurer over Emmy Fracas

September 8, 2006

Former Denver Broncos star Terrell Davis has sued an insurance company claiming it refused to defend him in an earlier lawsuit related to an Emmy Awards after-party fracas.

Davis sued Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. Wednesday in Superior Court for breach of contract.

It’s the second lawsuit Davis has brought over a scuffle between him and bouncers at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel during an Emmy after-party in October.

The previous suit accuses the operator of the hotel’s Tropicana Bar of racial discrimination, assault and battery.

The 33-year-old former running back, who is black, says the trouble started when the bar’s owner told a friend of his to stop talking with a white waitress.

The waitress then allegedly said something derogatory to Davis, who was later asked to leave the bar by two bouncers. The athlete claims the bouncers choked him and forced him to the floor.

One of the bouncers and co-defendant in the suit, Gus Chacon, countersued Davis in December alleging assault battery and negligence.

Davis said he asked Liberty Mutual to provide him with an attorney and defend him against the cross-complaint, but the company refused.

A message left early Thursday with Liberty Mutual was not immediately returned.

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