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NYC subway rescue hero sued by his former lawyer

NYC subway rescue hero sued by his former lawyer

The former lawyer of a commuter who became nationally-known after saving a teenager from an oncoming New York City subway train has sued him, charging breach of contract.
Attorney Diane L. Kleiman's lawsuit also seeks financial relief for her legal fees and "damages to her reputation," the New York Post reported. Her filing comes nearly a month after Wesley Autrey sued her, saying she manipulated him into signing an unfair, one-sided contract.
Autrey, speaking through his sister, declined a Post reporter's request for comment.
The 50-year-old Bronx construction worker claims in court papers filed in March that a contract signed with Kleiman is "a one-sided agreement." The court papers also say he was induced to sign by "fraud" and that it gives the majority of his earnings to Kleiman and her business partner, Marco Antonio Esposito, operator of an entertainment production company.
An attorney for Kleinman, Andrew Laufer, told the Post that the allegations in Autrey's lawsuit were "completely unfounded."
Autrey was thrown into the spotlight on Jan. 2, 2007, after Cameron Hollopeter, a 19-year-old student at the New York Film Academy, suffered a seizure and fell onto the subway tracks at the 137th Street/City College station.
Autrey, who was standing with his two young daughters and scores of other commuters on the platform as a train approached, saw Hollopeter convulsing. He jumped down, pulled the teen into the 12-inch (30-centimeter)-deep drainage trough between the track and lay on top of him as the train passed overhead.
Autrey's hat was grazed, and he and Hollopeter remained under a car for 20 minutes while MTA workers shut off the electrified third rail.


Updated : 2021-08-02 06:36 GMT+08:00