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RODMAN FACING LAWSUIT FOR ALLEGED PINCH

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Dennis Rodman is facing a $750,000 lawsuit for an alleged "offensive" move off the court - pinching an usher's buttock.

Delta Center usher Lavon P. Ankers says the NBA badboy unlawfully touched her during the fourth quarter of a Jazz-Spurs game in Salt Lake City on May 5, 1994.Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, the personal injury lawsuit accuses Rodman of "willful and malicious conduct" that caused Ankers to suffer "humiliation, shame, embarrassment and mental and emotional suffer

ing all in an amount to be the subject of proof at trial."

According to the suit, Ankers was working "Quad 3," a court-side corner of the Delta Center, when the San Antonio star raced out of bounds for a loose ball.

"After regaining his balance, Rodman continued to walk away from the court and into Quad 3 where (Ankers) was standing," the suit said. "As defendant Rodman walked past the plaintiff, he placed his hand on the plaintiff's buttocks and pinched her."

The game, including Rodman's off-court mis-step, were televised nationally, the suit said. Although the film doesn't show the "pinch" itself, it does "depict defendant Rodman walking past the plaintiff, turning around, coming up behind the plaintiff, apparently touching her on her backside, and the plaintiff's reaction to the touch."

The suit says the "touching and pinching" was witnessed by bystanders and spectators.

Rodman, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls has not commented on the suit.