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Rich Little Says Seamy Saga Likely to Go On

January 23, 1992 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Comedian Rich Little said Wednesday he would like for his seamy legal saga with magician Melinda Saxe to disappear - but concedes it’s unlikely the story will go away anytime soon.

″I was a sap, a patsy, a victim,″ Little told reporters hours after a federal judge lifted a gag order prohibiting the two from discussing the case. Ms. Saxe filed a lawsuit in December over a videotape Little made in 1988 of the two entertainers having sex.

Little said earlier appearances by the magician on the tabloid television show ″Hard Copy″ had been ″disastrous″ for both of them.

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″If she’s a magician, why doesn’t she just make this whole thing disappear,″ Little said. ″I say let’s drop it and get on with our lives, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen.″

Ms. Saxe’s attorney, Charles McCrea, said his client had no intention of dropping the lawsuit.

Little, 53, said Wednesday Ms. Saxe, 28, knew of the taping. He said her mother had the only copy. Little said no one would have known of the incident if Saxe hadn’t gone on television.

McCrea denied that. ″His statement that Melinda knew about the videotape at the time it was made is blatantly false,″ McCrea said.

The lawsuit charged little with defamation, invasion of privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional duress. She is seeking unspecified damages.