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Lawrence was accused of sexual harrassment by co-star Tisha Campbell in a lawsuit filed in January 1997. Campbell, who had quit the Fox sitcom in November, agreed to complete the final two episodes of the five-year run of "Martin" on the condition that she would not have to appear in any more scenes with him. This provided a real a challenge for the writers who had to to make the pair seem like a loving couple, though they never stood in the same room.

Actor Martin Lawrence collapsed while jogging and lay in a coma for three days before regaining consciousness, hospital officials said Wednesday. He was running in heavy clothing to try to lose weight for a movie role, putting himself near death when his body temperature rose to more than 107 degrees. --From USA Today, August 26, 1999.

" . . . it's like Arsenio [Hall] says: If you're doing comedy and you haven't stolen from [Richard] Pryor, then you ain't doing it right. I agree with that. All I studied was Pryor. Pryor, [Eddie] Murphy, Redd Foxx, Moms Mably. I looked to the old school. I looked to those I considred to be the best of their times. I consider Richard Pryor the best of all time." --Martin Lawrence quoted in Rolling Stone, November 11, 1993.

"If you gave the same publicity they've given me about language to missing kids, they'd have found them all by now." --Lawrence to Jay Martel in Rolling Stone, April 21, 1994.

Regarding the flap over his inappropriate remarks on "SNL": "People know I can be clean every Sunday at 8. On 'Saturday Night Live', it's 11:30, and things get a little more risque. In my monologue, I made sure to ask if people had their kids in bed yet. Maybe I misjudged my material, but the people at the show said, 'You're the host. Do what you do and have a good time.' That's what I did."

Referring to a previous "SNL": "I saw Alec Baldwin playing a camp counselor and licking a little boy's fingers. That seems worse to me than what I had to say. Let's be clear about what's in bad taste. What I said wasn't any harsher than what you hear on a douche commercial. But I'm not mad at NBC. I laugh and take my lumps. They made the decision they thought they had to, and I'll live with that." --Lawrence to the Los Angeles Times, March 8, 1994.

"When I was growing up, people cracked on my ears, a lot. Kids are blunt. They don't know no better, so they'll say, 'Oooh, you got some big ears,' or 'Hi, Mr. Elf.' So there came a time when I had to learn to joke on my own ears." --Lawrence, quoted in New York Post, April 9, 1996.

On his erratic behavior: "He's not sick, he's not taking drugs. I think [his behavior] was a combination of many things--a marriage that didn't go well, doing movies back to back with his sitcom. I think he's learned how to pace himself." --an inside source quoted in New York Post, July 16, 1997.

About his first meeting long ago with Eddie Murphy at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard: "I watched Eddie on 'Saturday Night Live' and I couldn't believe it when I looked down and saw Eddie Murphy in the audience. I thought I might need oxygen or something. I still can't believe I did two movies with him.

"I learn something from him each time. Eddie's a great teacher." --Lawrence to Cindy Pearlman in Chicago Sun-Times, April 11, 1999.

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