Wednesday, May 02, 2007

NYC Subway Hero Sued by Former Lawyer

The commuter who became an instant hero when he saved a fallen teenager from being struck by a subway train is being sued by his former lawyer, who accuses him of breach of contract.

The lawsuit against Wesley Autrey by attorney Diane L. Kleiman comes nearly a month after Autrey sued her, saying she manipulated him into signing an unfair, one-sided contract that gives most of his earnings to Kleiman and her business partner.

In addition to breach of contract, Kleiman seeks money for her legal fees and "damages to her reputation."

"They're making me look like a shyster. I'm not a shyster," Kleiman told the New York Post. "I'm not money hungry."

Autrey, speaking through his sister, declined to comment, the Post said.

In January, Autrey was waiting for a train when 19-year-old Cameron Hollopeter suffered a seizure and fell onto the tracks as a train was approaching.

Autrey, 50, jumped down from the platform, pulled Hollopeter into the 12-inch-deep drainage trough between the rails and lay on top of him as the train passed safely over them, just clipping Autrey's hat.

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