Wrestler Slapped With $1 Million Suit, Accused of Biting
Oct. 27, 1988
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Wrestler King Haku suffered two blows in just one day: a loss to Hulk Hogan and notice he'd been sued for $1.1 million for allegedly trying to bite the nose off a bar patron.
The wrestler's attorney, Richard M. Summers of Cleveland, said by telephone Thursday afternoon that he hasn't seen the lawsuit, so he couldn't comment on it.
He said, however, that ''there were other witnesses there with different stories about what happened.'' He also noted there are pending criminal charges.
King Haku recently had a lavish televised coronation in the ring complete with red-velvet throne, golden crown and ermine-trimmed robe.
The alleged incident involving the 29-year-old World Federation bad-guy wrestler occurred June 26.
He was charged with biting Warren Brent Cooper of Relay and assaulting Nick J. Stanko Jr. of Severn, the doorman at the Safari Club in the International Hotel.
J. Edward Davis, Cooper's lawyer, filed the lawsuit in Baltimore County Circuit Court in August, but notice was not served on the 6-foot-2, 270-pound wrestler until he returned to Baltimore on Tuesday.
King Haku, whose real name is Tonga Uliuli Fifita, lives in Kissimmee, Fla., and travels a nationwide circuit for the World Wrestling Federation.
R. David Fordham, an assistant state's attorney in Anne Arundel County, said Fifita was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor.
The lawsuit says Cooper requires plastic surgery and will remain permanently disfigured.
Summers said King Haku was on the road, but doesn't know where he is.
Steve Planamenta, a spokesman for the Connecticut-based WWF, said he was unaware of the criminal charges or the damage suit.