TV icon Larry King “flatly and unequivocally denies” allegations that he groped the former wife of the late singer Eddie Fisher, People magazine reports, quoting a statement released Monday by King.
King is threatening to sue over the allegations from Terry Richard, which surfaced Monday on the website of the British tabloid The Daily Mail. Richard was married to Fisher in the mid-1970s.
“Richard says the groping incidents took place in 2005 and again in 2006, both at a baseball awards dinner at Universal Studios, in Los Angeles,” The Daily Mail reports. “The 63-year-old Richard said in the first incident, while posing together for a photo, King slid his hand down her backless dress and rested his fingers in between her butt cheeks.”
According to Richard, in the second incident, which again took place during a photo shoot, King, who is now 84, “squeezed her butt so hard that it left a large bruise,” The Daily Mail reports.
The publication quotes Richard saying: “Larry King is a groper. He groped me twice. He gets a thrill doing this in front of the camera, knowing I couldn’t do anything.”
People quotes a statement from King in which he says he “flatly and unequivocally denies these claims” and “intends to file suit and prove that they’re utterly false.”