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Old 10-02-2007, 10:53 AM   #1
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Default Jury Finds Isiah Thomas Guilty

NEW YORK -- A jury Tuesday has found that Isiah Thomas and Madison Square Garden sexually harassed a former Knicks executive.

The jury found that Thomas subjected the Anucha Browne Sanders to unwanted advances and a barrage of verbal insults. It also found that Madison Square Garden committed harassment against the woman. And it decided that MSG should pay her punitive damages.

The same jury now will begin deciding the amount of damages.

Browne Sanders filed a $10 million lawsuit.

The decision came a day after jurors reached a decision on eight of the nine questions on the jury form; they were deadlocked on the other question, which asks whether Thomas should have to pay punitive damages. That question only becomes relevant if the jury of four women and three men first determines that Thomas and Madison Square Garden committed harassment against the former executive.

The judge sent the jury home for the day, asking the panel to deliberate again on the deadlocked question Tuesday.

Lawyers for both sides declined to comment on the development, which came on the second full day of deliberations.

Anucha Browne Sanders, fired from her $260,000 a year job in 2006, sued Thomas and Madison Square Garden for $10 million. She accused them of sexual harassment and said MSG fired her for complaining about the treatment.

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