C-list celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman has filed a lawsuit bringing defamation charges against John McNesby over comments McNesby made on a Fox 29 television interview.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Feldman was promoting a boxing event last year featuring "celebrities" like Lindsay Lohan's dad, Michael Lohan. Feldman initially promoted the event as honoring fallen Philadelphia police officer John Pawlowski, who was killed in the line of duty in 2009.
However, Pawlowski's family was never notified of this and wanted Pawlowski's name disassociated with the boxing event, reports the Daily News. This may have prompted Fraternal Order of Police president John McNesby to call Feldman a "sleaze" during an on-air interview with Fox 29.
For that comment, Feldman has now brought a civil lawsuit against McNesby claiming defamation. Feldman is seeking at least $50,000 in damages to his good name and reputation, reports the Daily News.
In response to the lawsuit, McNesby called Feldman a "zero".
To prove defamation, Feldman must first show that McNesby's statement was false and defamatory. Without going further, Feldman may fail on this first element alone.
Feldman, who has promoted other fights by noted celebrities like Tonya Harding and Rodney King, has faced a number of criminal charges in the past like promoting fights without a license, fixing fights, felony theft, and bribery. Reportedly, 95 percent of the fights he promoted were fixed.
Whether these past criminal charges against Damon Feldman means that Feldman is in fact a "sleaze," may be at issue when a judge and jury consider the defamation charges against John McNesby.