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Eddy Curry off one court and in another

Eddy Curry was in Chicago Monday to attend a mediation proceeding with his lawyers, who are working toward a settlement in a $93,000 lawsuit filed against him by his former limo driver, David Kuchinsky.

According to court documents filed Feb. 13, Curry retained a New York-based law firm, Gordon and Rees, LLP, and is represented by Mercedes Colwin, who joined Curry's Chicago-based lawyer, Kelly Saindon.

Colwin asked that the deadline to reply to the complaint be extended to March 23, based on the agreement between the parties to meet for mediation.

Neither lawyer returned messages Monday, nor did Kuchinsky's lawyer, Matthew Blit.

A Knicks spokesman Monday said Curry's excused absence from the team's morning shoot-around was for "personal reasons" and that he is expected back for Tuesday's practice.

Kuchinsky filed the lawsuit Jan. 12 in U.S. District Court in New York charging employment discrimination against Curry and claiming the player owed him $68,000 in back wages and another $25,000 in expenses. The suit also includes charges of lewd conduct by the 6-11, 300-plus-pound Curry, whom Kuchinsky alleged made sexual advances toward him and also derided him with anti-Semitic remarks.

Coincidentally, Curry was in Chicago on the same day when the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her baby daughter had a development. A judge in Chicago denied bail for Fredrick Goings, a lawyer accused of killing Nova Henry and 10-month-old Ava Goings on Jan. 24. Fred rick Goings was a more recent boyfriend of Henry's.

The murders were witnessed by Henry's 3-year-old son, Noah, who was fathered by Curry. The Chicago Sun-Times has reported that DNA testing from a paternity suit filed last November revealed Curry also was Ava's father.

The DNA test, according to the report, came from a confidential court document filed in September, when Henry sought additional child support from Curry, who already was paying $6,000 per month for Noah. His payments, the report said, increased to $15,000 per month in November, after the DNA tests showed he was the father. Curry will earn $9.7 million this season from the Knicks, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday.

Curry, who is married with four children, has acknowledged Noah as his son but has denied in the past that he was Ava's father.Curry, who was in Toronto with the team for Sunday's loss to the Raptors, has appeared in only one game this season because of conditioning and injury issues. He has not practiced with the Knicks since Jan. 9 because of a sore right knee.

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