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Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was charged with misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment for allegedly attacking a man after a traffic dispute in Los Angeles.

The charges stem from an April 20 altercation between Abdul-Jabbar -- the National Basketball Association's all-time scoring leader -- and another motorist, Jerry Cohen.

The 7-1 Abdul-Jabbar, a former star center with the Los Angeles Lakers, is accused of shoving the 5-7 Cohen and holding his face against a plate glass window, then pushing him to the ground.

Cohen, 58, was treated for bruises. He has since filed a lawsuit against Abdul-Jabbar for payment of medical bills and compensation for pain and suffering.

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