Chris Copeland sues 1Oak for injuries from 2015 stabbing

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Former Knicks and Pacers player Chris Copeland is suing 1Oak, where he was stabbed last April.

Chris Copeland, the former Indiana Pacers forward, and a girlfriend sued the owners and general manager of Manhattan hotspot 1Oak Thursday, along with an ex-girlfriend, for the knife injuries they both sustained outside the club last April.

Katrine Saltara and Copeland say in court papers that as they were leaving the club, they got into a verbal altercation with his ex, Catherine Somani, and Shevoy Bleary-Murdock.

The dispute spilled out onto the sidewalk where the dispute got ugly.


Court papers say Bleary-Murdock, 22, of Bushwick, slashed Copeland, 32, in the torso and elbow with a switchblade. Copeland needed 22 stitches.

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Copeland’s lawyer claims that the club was at fault for doing nothing to prevent the conduct by Shevoy Bleary-Murdock, and should not have allowed him to enter the club with a switchblade knife.

Saltara also was seriously cut multiple times in her torso, legs and arms..

Police said Somani was slightly injured when Saltara pulled her hair and the yank put Somani in the path of the knife.

Bleary-Murdock was charged with assault but so far, he has not been indicted. He’s free on $20,000 bail and due back in court next week.

Copeland’s lawyer, Alex Spiro, declined to comment, noting there is a pending criminal investigation.

Court papers indicate that Somani was sued because she told cops that Saltara had cut her deliberately. As a result, Saltara was briefly taken into custody, but never charged.

The couple says they suffered “severe and permanent damages as a result of Murdock’s conduct.”

The couple is blaming the club for “knowingly, recklessly or negligently permitting Murdock to enter 1Oak while possessing a spring-operated switchblade knife.” They also fault the club’s staff for doing nothing “to intervene or prevent the unlawful conduct” by Murdock.

Court papers say the couple suffered “severe and permanent damages as a result of Murdock’s conduct” but Spiro said Copeland has recovered sufficiently to play this season. He was recently waived and is effectively available for hire.

There was no immediate response from a lawyer for 1Oak.

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