Update: Nightclub countersues D.L. Hughley in dispute over club appearance
Comedian D.L. Hughley sued D.C.'s Zanzibar nightclub earlier this year for promoting him as a headliner at an event he says he knew nothing about -- and now Zanzibar is suing back. In court papers filed in Maryland, the waterfront club denied Hughley's fraud and misappropriation-of-name allegations -- insisting Hughley had, through a promoter, indeed agreed to attend that night in March. The club also countersued for alleged defamation and commercial disparagement, citing statements Hughley's Bowie-based attorney, Jimmy A. Bell, made to this column when announcing Hughley's suit. Donald M. Temple, an attorney for Zanzibar, told us Wednesday that "the promoter had a deal with Hughley, and Zanzibar had a deal with the promoter." Bell told us he has documents showing the club knew it never had a Hughley contract. "Their case will get dismissed easily," he said.
See earlier: Comedian D.L. Hughley suing Zanzibar nightclub over event, flier with his name
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September 16, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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