Maury Povich: I'll Defend Suit 'Vigorously'

04/26/2006 at 03:55 PM EDT

Maury Povich: I'll Defend Suit 'Vigorously'
Povich and Chung on March 12
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In Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Maury Povich and Connie Chung made their first public appearance since a $100 million lawsuit was filed against him on April 24.

In the suit, a 28-year old producer on the syndicated Maury show alleges that Povich's affair with a married female producer created a work environment that was hostile towards women.

Povich, 67, and Chung, 59, sat down for an interview with Carol Joynt, the owner of Nathan's restaurant in Washington, D.C. Joynt hosts a weekly "Q&A Café" event at the restaurant, and asked the couple how they planned to deal with the subject of the lawsuit on their Saturday morning talk show on MSNBC, Weekends with Maury & Connie.

"Well, I think we're going to handle it this way," Povich said. "Because this matter is in litigation, the attorneys have advised me not to comment any further on it. We will defend this lawsuit vigorously. And that is all I'm going to say."

"Well, I want to say something," said Chung. "This matter is in litigation. All of you know lawyers. They are adamant that you don't say anything."

"So I guess it'll be a rerun on Saturday," said Joynt.

"No," Povich responded. "There's a lot of other news."

Povich and Chung, who have been married since 1984, ignored a reporter who asked the couple on their way in whether the allegations contained in the lawsuit are true.

Povich was at the Q&A to promote the book All Those Mornings ... at the Post: The Twentieth Century in Sports from Famed Washington Post Columnist Shirley Povich, a collection of columns by his late father, sports writer Shirley Povich.

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