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Maurice McKnight: Family Sues Over Male Stripper's Deadly Stage-Diving Assault on Dad

An enraged dancer kills a patron.
An enraged dancer kills a patron.

The family of a man killed by a male stripper enraged his tips had been cut off has sued the club and other companies associated with the incident, asking $4 million in damages.

According to the suit, Kelvin T. Elam Monroe, 37, accompanied three female business associates to a now-closed Austin La Bare in June 2012. Maurice McKnight, a convicted felon, was dancing and encouraging patrons to slip dollar bills in his costume, in the time-honored manner of such things.

Monroe gave the women money to place at the altar of McKnight's manliness, but after a while said there'd be no more.

He then made the mistake of going to the bathroom.

Doing so required walking near the stage, and a seething McKnight.

According to the suit, McKnight jumped from the stage and tackled Monroe from behind, causing the man's head to hit hard upon a table edge.

La Bare employees did what anyone (with no common sense or decency) would do in that situation, if the suit's allegations are true -- they dragged Monroe's body down the hall and out a back door, making his injuries worse. The father of two never came out of a coma and died.

McKnight, 44, pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges earlier this year.

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