BOW-OUCH! SUIT CLAIMS DIESEL'S DOG BIT PAL'S XXX SPOT

Published on: November 24, 2003

ACTION star Vin Diesel has been slapped with a lawsuit that threatens to take a big bite out of his wallet after his mastiff apparently took a big bite out of a man's private parts!

Michael Kerner has filed an $8 million lawsuit against Diesel, claiming he was viciously attacked by Roman, Vin's 170- pound mastiff, early last year — and it left him with five very painful stitches in his crotch.

The chrome-domed "XXX" actor has taken responsibility for his dog's assault, but he doesn't believe the bite is worth the $8 million sum Kerner is demanding, a source told The ENQUIRER.

"Michael endured a pretty agonizing bite, but he should thank his lucky stars that Vin's mastiff left all the pieces down there.

"The dog is nearly 170 pounds of solid muscle and it's probably trained to attack, which is exactly what it did with practically no warning at all! Michael suffered serious damages, but all things considered, the outcome could have been a lot worse."

Kerner, a writer, was invited to Diesel's home to work on a movie script they were putting together, said the source. According to court documents obtained by The ENQUIRER, the attack occurred on April 26, 2002, at the Beverly Hills home of Diesel, whose real name is listed as Mark Vincent.

"The plaintiff had three stitches in the penis and two in the scrotum," Kerner's complaint reads.

"As a proximate result of the defendant's mastiff attack, the plaintiff sustained cuts, lacerations, nerve damage, loss of physical sensation, psychological harm and mental distress.

"Plaintiff will need lifetime psychiatric care and medications." The source disclosed: "Michael said Vin's attack dog suddenly lunged at him for no reason and clamped down on his crotch. He screamed out loud until the dog finally decided to let go."

After the attack, the source says, Diesel sent his personal assistant to the hospital with Kerner and paid his initial hospital expenses. Since then, however, Kerner claims he's racked up another $2,925 in medical costs. Unless both parties can reach an out-ofcourt settlement, a jury trial is scheduled for June 16, 2004.