OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Allen Iverson has been sued for not showing up, this time to speak to his fans.
The lawsuit filed in Douglas County District Court says the Denver Nuggets star didn't come to a weekend of booked appearances in Omaha in early August, leaving fans at a youth rally and two clubs without their main attraction.
Now, the promoter who tried to bring the ``Answer'' to Omaha wants one instead - and about $44,000 in damages.
Kermit Brashear, the lawyer for the promotion company that booked Iverson for the events, said Wednesday they know nothing more than what Iverson's representatives told HYB Entertainment promoter Dave Chambers: that Iverson had a family emergency.
Iverson was unavailable to comment Wednesday after the Nuggets' morning practice. A call to his manager, Gary Moore, by The Associated Press was not immediately returned. Moore is also the president of Crossover Promotions, Iverson's promotions company.
The company's Web site still listed the three Omaha events on its schedule.
A hearing for the lawsuit filed last week has not been set and will likely not be scheduled until next week. Brashear said the lawsuit was in the process of being served.
The lawsuit says a $10,000 deposit was paid to Moore to secure Iverson's appearance. Brashear confirmed that an itemized list of other expenses included $12,500 for a private plane sent to Virginia to pick up Iverson and bring him to Omaha.
According to the lawsuit, Iverson's lawyers haven't responded to demands for the money back.
The lawsuit also seeks general damages, saying Iverson's no-show hurt the company's reputation and relationships to other businesses.
Many fans who bought tickets to the youth rally in advance from a local music store were able to get refunds, but others who bought at the door didn't get refunds because there were no receipts.
That money, about $3,000, was donated to charity, Brashear said.
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Associated Press Writer Eric W. Bolin in Denver contributed to this report.
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