Former Stripper Sues Packers' Harris Over 2005 Encounter In Club

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- A former stripper has sued Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris, claiming he sexually assaulted her in a strip club in 2005.

Harris' agent said the allegations are unfounded.

"I guess everybody has the right to sue, but in this case it just seems like extortion," agent Jack Bechta said. "This was something that the city and state had investigated very thoroughly, and they found nothing worth a charge."

Investigators determined that Harris and the woman had sexual contact in a private room at the Cheetah Pompano Beach in April 2005. But, citing inconsistent evidence and conflicting witness statements, Broward County prosecutors decided not to pursue charges against Harris.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in Broward County Circuit Court, claims surveillance cameras in the club's private room were not functioning during the incident. The club is also named as a defendant.

The woman, who is not named in the lawsuit, is seeking unspecified damages, said her attorney, Joseph Nusbaum.

"She has suffered physical and emotional damages," Nusbaum said Thursday.

Harris, 32, is a 10-year NFL veteran with a starting role in the Packers defense. He did not participate in team practice Wednesday, said team spokesman Sam Kasan, who declined comment on the lawsuit.

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