Comedian Gary Valentine, best known for his role on the long-running sitcom "The King of Queens," has sued a woman after she allegedly leveled false accusations of sexual assault against him, reports TMZ.
In the lawsuit, Valentine claims that the unnamed woman, a former business associate, brought out a bottle of wine at a business meeting and "initiated intimate contact." The actor stresses that the sexual activity that occurred was mutually consensual at all times.
Valentine further claims that the woman invented allegations of sexual assault because she did not want her boyfriend to find out about the encounter. After the defendant brought her claims to the police, authorities carried out an investigation that reportedly revealed that her allegations "proved to be groundless."
The lawsuit seeks $500,000 in damages, as Valentine says that the defendant's allegedly false accusations damaged his reputation, led to emotional distress and forced him to pay a significant amount of money in legal fees.
According to the Internet Movie Database, Valentine appeared on "The King of Queens" between 1999 and 2007. The show starred Valentine's real-life younger brother, Kevin James.