Careers have several phases - the early years of small thankless roles, the breakthrough role, the long fame-solidifying role in a successful series, and then . . . the lawsuit phase.


Matthew Fox wants a jury trial in a Cleveland civil lawsuit claiming the former star of TV's "Lost" punched the driver of a chartered party bus.
Online court records show Fox made the demand in a counterclaim filed Thursday.

In her lawsuit, driver Heather Bormann of Cleveland alleges that Fox punched her in the breast, groin, arm and legs after she blocked him from boarding the bus on Aug. 28. Fox was in Cleveland for a movie shoot.

Bormann's suit says she needed medical treatment for injuries that led to a loss of income. She's seeking at least $75,000 in damages.

Cleveland prosecutors reviewed the case and declined to file charges against the actor.

You’d want the jury to hear that, yes. He’s also suing her. TMZ says:

Fox is countersuing Heather Bormann, who filed her own lawsuit in September, claiming a drunken Fox tried to board a party bus she was driving in Cleveland, Ohio.  Bormann alleged Fox attacked her after she ordered him to stay off the bus.  That's when Bormann claims Fox struck her in the breast, arm, leg and, of course, the vagina.

Of course.

Fox alleges in his countersuit ... she's just lying, and in reality he didn't provoke her but she's the one who physically attacked him.

Fox claims he's lost work because TMZ and other media outlets have reported her lawsuit, and she has subjected him to "public hatred, contempt, ridicule and shame."

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and whether his career has long-term damage. Or whether he has one. Or needs one. If he invested well, he could just move to Hawaii and live on a pineapple farm, where no one will ever come up and ask him to explain the last episode of “Lost.” I understood it, but it’s still not completely clear. The part about the bomb is confusing, now that I think about it. Did it kill everyone, and that’s why they went sideways in time to the after-party? I think it would be easier to watch the entire show in reverse, so it becomes a long drama about people with very confusing stories who eventually get scooped up by an airplane that backs into the gate at an Australian airport, and they go back their simple, easily-explained life.

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