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G20 cop's lawyer suggests man brought charges to help lawsuit

The lawyer for a Toronto police officer accused of assaulting a man at a G20 protest is suggesting the man is using the criminal trial to help his $11-million lawsuit.

Adam Nobody, a 30-year-old stage hand, alleges that after he was tackled at a G20 demonstration at the Ontario legislature on June 26, 2010, he was hit several times.

A photograph of Nobody’s bare torso was put into evidence and three welts can be seen on his side, below his rib cage and on his hip.

Const. Babak Andalib-Goortani has pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon.

The officer’s lawyer, Harry Black, is cross-examining Nobody Thursday on the timing of his version of events, on the many media interviews he gave about his arrest and injuries as well as his lawsuit.

Nobody’s civil lawsuit against Andalib-Goortani and several other police officers is pending and Black suggests it’s top of Nobody’s mind that his answers in court today could affect the outcome of that lawsuit.

Nobody says he just wants justice.