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Marbury: Sexual harassment lawsuit against Thomas 'a joke'

NEW YORK -- Knicks guard Stephon Marbury testified Wednesday
in the case of a fired team executive who has accused coach Isiah
Thomas of sexual harassment, calling the lawsuit absurd while
downplaying an encounter with a drunken intern.

After hearing about the lawsuit brought by Anucha Browne
Sanders, "I laughed," Marbury said in U.S. District Court. "It
was more of a joke than anything."

Marbury admitted he once called Browne Sanders a "bitch,"
though he insisted, "I didn't have a reason not to like her."

Browne Sanders says she is owed her vice president position back
and at least $10 million for enduring a sexually harassing
workplace for five years. Her lawsuit claims she was fired "for
telling the truth" about vulgarity and unwanted advances by
Thomas, also a team president. Thomas has denied the allegations.

Taking the witness stand earlier Wednesday, Browne Sanders wept
while telling the jury of five women and three men that Marbury and
his cousins, also Madison Square Garden employees, were part of the
problem.

The plaintiff cited a conversation with an MSG intern who
confided that she was having a relationship with one of the cousins
and had gotten drunk on an outing to a Manhattan strip club in
April 2005 that included Marbury. The intern claimed that afterward
Marbury lured her into his vehicle for sex, Browne Sanders said.

"She said she basically did whatever he asked her to do and she
considered it to be consensual because she got in the car," Browne
Sanders testified.

When he took the stand, Marbury admitted pulling up and asking
the intern, "Are you going to get in the truck?" He said she
answered, "Yes."

U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch cut off any more questioning
on the encounter, saying more details wouldn't help the jury decide
the case.

After Marbury finished testifying, he rode down 23 floors in a
crowded elevator, saying to no one in particular: "Money makes you
do crazy things, man."

Then he left the courthouse, smiling and singing a song out
loud. When pressed to divulge more about his relationship with the
intern, he instead commented cheerfully on a reporter's shoes.