Jonny Fairplay has slapped Bonaduce and Fox Reality Channel with a lawsuit over the award-show back flip that the Survivor castoff alleges left him with more than just wounded pride.
The suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles, seeks unspecified damages for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and negligent supervision.
The production company that coproduced the Fox Reality Channel Really Awards, and the owner of the Hollywood nightclub that hosted the event were also named as defendants.
It was on stage at the Oct. 2 taping of the Really Awards that Bonaduce tossed Fairplay over his head.
Per Los Angeles prosecutors, who last week declined to pursue criminal charges against Bonaduce, the radio cohost and Breaking Bonaduce star acted in self-defense, a reasonable reaction to Fairplay jumping up, and wrapping his arms and legs around him.
Per Fairplay's lawsuit, which was filed under his given name of Jon Dalton, Bonaduce threw Fairplay "face first" to the stage "without warning," an overreaction to Fairplay's playful actions that are "known to be part of Mr. Dalton's routine and something that the two had previously done before."
The lawsuit does not detail where Bonaduce, 48, and Fairplay, 33, previously engaged in playful jumping, and back-flipping conduct.
The lawsuit, however, does get into the gory details of Fairplay's injuries.
"With Mr. Dalton on the ground and his blood and broken teeth on the stage floor," the lawsuit says, "Mr. Bonaduce proceeded to parade around the stage with pride in the attack that he had just committed and encouraged the audience to applaud his conduct."
In the lawsuit, Fairplay is just as steamed at the event's producers and host as at Bonaduce, accusing all parties of not so much as calling an ambulance to tend to Fairplay's "multitude of injuries to his face, mouth, teeth, gums and feet." The lawsuit was brought, it says, to make these defendants pay for their "tortuous actions."
Bonaduce is specifically cited for his award-show banter in which he told Fairplay that the audience, who was booing Fairplay, hated the Survivor: Pearl Islands alum. The lawsuit also calls out Bonaduce for branding Fairplay a "punk," and for "boasting that he was going to beat [him]."
Last week on Adam Carolla's nationally syndicated morning radio show, which Bonaduce cohosts, the Partridge Family survivor said he expected to be sued by Fairplay. Bonaduce went on to predict that Fairplay would lose "rather badly."
The Fox Reality Really Awards are scheduled to be broadcast on the cable network on Saturday.