Woman in'Shakira Shaking'Contest Sues

NEW YORK — A woman who said she fell off a slippery bar and injured herself while dancing in a"Shake-It-Like-Shakira"contest is suing the Manhattan saloon that sponsored the competition.

Megan Zacher, 22, of Delanco, N.J., fell at Calico Jack's Cantina on 42nd Street and Second Avenue on July 8, 2006, her lawyer, Lawrence Simon, said Tuesday. He said the fall caused a torn knee ligament that required surgery.

Simon said Zacher and two friends were celebrating a birthday. She had been at the crowded establishment about an hour, was working on her second drink and was dancing on the bar, vying for the $250"Shake-It-Like-Shakira"prize, when she fell, Simon said.

Shakira, pop songstress originally from Colombia, who also has Lebanese ancestry, is famous for her eye-catching belly dance moves in her videos and in-person appearances. Her latest hit is"Hips Don't Lie."

Simon said there were about 10 other women on the bar. Her friends, schoolmates from Staten Island's Wagner College, did not take part in the jiggle competition, which required a $35 entry fee, Simon said.

Zacher's lawsuit, filed Monday in Manhattan's State Supreme Court, says the bar's operators should have known the contest was"dangerous and likely to lead to injury."

Calico Jack's was"negligent, reckless and careless"in"permitting the bar area to become and remain wet and otherwise in an unsafe condition, and by failing to warn customers of the hazards presented,"court papers say.

The lawsuit asks unspecified damages from Calico Jack's. A man at Calico Jack's who identified himself as the manager, who identified himself as"Tom"but refused to give his last name, said he had no comment.


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