LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``Veronica's Closet'' actor Wallace Langham has proposed a cash settlement with a man who accused him of assault and anti-gay slurs.

Langham's attorney said in court Tuesday that an unspecified amount of money was put in escrow for the settlement, which is contingent upon prosecutors dropping hate crime and battery charges.

``Our office's position is to oppose any civil compromise in what appears to be a serious crime,'' Deputy City Attorney Michael Pizzuti said Wednesday.

Langham, 34, allegedly attacked the 35-year-old man on Sept. 7. The man's identity has not been released.

The man said he was beaten and kicked by Langham after looking at tattoos on the arms and midriff of the actor's girlfriend at a supermarket. He was treated for bruises and an injured jaw and said Langham made anti-gay slurs.

Langham contends he was provoked and denied making anti-gay slurs. On television, Langham plays ``Josh,'' a character who everyone thinks is gay.