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Topless Dancer Wins on TV’s ‘Court’

July 10, 1998 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ A buxom topless dancer may have belted a bachelor with her breasts, but she did not cause any serious bruising, a TV judge has ruled.

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who presides as a judge on ``The People’s Court,″ said Paul Shimkonis showed no signs of real injury from the incident and deserved no damages.

Shimkonis said he was injured by Tawny Peaks’ 69-HH breasts when she flung them in his face, knocking his head backwards during his bachelor party at Diamond Dolls, a club in Clearwater.

The 38-year-old physical therapist sued, but he agreed to dismiss the suit in Florida and have it heard in New York at the studios of ``The People’s Court.″

Shimkonis said it felt like he had been hit with two cement blocks when Ms. Peaks struck him in September 1996.

When asked by Koch why he waited three months to seek medical attention, Shimkonis said he was embarrassed. A magnetic resonance imaging exam showed no injury, Koch said.

``He believed that the breasts hit Shimkonis, but he is not convinced they caused any injury,″ the show’s co-executive and host Harvey Levin said of Koch in Thursday’s editions of The Tampa Tribune.

The show will air in September.