Dustin Diamond

Saved By The Bell star Dustin Diamond has accused television bosses of paying off a girl who alleged his co-star sexy Mario Lopez date-raped her in 1993. Diamond, who played the geeky Samuel 'Screech' Powers in the hit 90s show, has made several shocking revelations about activities behind the scenes of the high school drama in his new memoir Behind The Bell. In one chapter, titled 'A.C. Makes the Ladies Scream', Diamond claims Lopez was a womanizer who used his fame as the character A.C. Slater to take advantage of female fans. He writes, "(Lopez) hit on every co-star, every extra, every production assistant and every fan he found himself sitting next to." Lopez was at the center of a date-rape scandal in 1993, when a teenage girl accused him of luring her back to his house and forcing himself on her. A police investigation was launched but Lopez, who denied the wild claims, was never arrested and no charges were ever filed against him. Diamond alleges the young girl did not to press charges after NBC network bosses paid her $50,000 to "keep her mouth shut". But Diamond is also insisting he was not surprised when the date-rape case came to light, admitting, "He didn’t take no for an answer." Representatives for NBC and Lopez have not commented to the media on Diamond's allegations.
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