By SAMUEL MAULL
Associated Press Writer
A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against Riddick Bowe and his manager by a Sports Illustrated photographer who says he was hurt during a riot after
one of the boxer's bouts at Madison Square Garden eight years ago.
John Iacono contended in the $37 million lawsuit that he was injured in the 30-minute, chair-throwing melee that followed Andrew Golota's fifth round
disqualification for repeated low blows during the fight on July 11, 1996.
Iacono, now 62, said in court papers he was left with herniated spinal discs, hearing loss and dizziness.
Iacono, contending negligence and inciting to riot, sued Bowe; manager Rock Newman; Spencer Promotions Inc.; Madison Square Garden and its related
entities; Cablevision; International Telephone and Telegraph Corp.; and Main Event Inc.
State Supreme Court Justice Louis York, in a decision made public Wednesday, dismissed the lawsuit with respect to Bowe, Newman and Spencer.
"It is laughable to assume that lying prostrate on the ground, groaning and dazed from intense pain, Riddick Bowe was in a position to incite anyone
to riot," the judge wrote.
Moreover, York said, "A civil cause of action for liability for inciting a riot does not exist, and this court declines an invitation to create
In dismissing the negligence accusations, the judge said he found "there is no common law duty for a prize fighter, a manager or a promoter to protect
against injury during a riot at a prize fighting event."
Peter Johnson, lawyer for Newman and Spencer Promotions, said, "Our clients did absolutely nothing wrong and it's ridiculous that they should be
Iacono's lawyer, Maxwell Pfeifer, said his client is contemplating an appeal. He said the lawsuit against the Garden and the other defendants remains
Bowe's lawyer, Jayson Shafron, could not be reached for comment.
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