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The Bobster
09-18-2017, 06:15 PM

Ex-Times Square Spider-Man has been nabbed again​
By Emily Saul
September 18, 2017 | 3:39pm | Updated

Abdelanine Elkhezzani as Spider-Man in Times Square in 2016
John Roca

A Times Square ​huckster​, ​who was once arrested for kicking a tourist while panhandling in a Spider-Man costume, is suing the city, claiming he was body-slammed by cops and wrongfully arrested earlier this year as he roamed the “Crossroads of the World” — this time dressed as a pot plant.

Abdelanine Elkhezzani was ​trolling Times Square in Feb​ruary when he was ​thrown to the ground ​by cops​, leaving his forehead sliced open and bleeding :p, according to ​his ​just-filed ​Manhattan Supreme Court suit​​.

The 38-year-old ​marijuana-m​an​ goes on to claim he was doing nothing wrong while he was arrested, ​claiming he is being “maliciously prosecuted.”

The ​pot lover also has an open case for marijuana, ​stemming from a January ​bust ​for walking around waving a ​lit ​​joint in public. He also had a meth pipe stuffed in his left pocket, according to the complaint.

Court re​cords show Elkhezzani was arraigned on charges of assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest while wearing the leafy get-up, ​but do not elaborate on what unfolded during the encounter. ​​

The suit, which names the city and the Times Square Alliance, does not ask for specific damages.

“We will review the complaint,” a law department spokeswoman said. The Times Square Alliance did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Elkhezzani first made headlines when he allegedly kicked at a tourist who stiffed him on a tip​ after posing for photos in March 2016.

The costume-clad performer was charged with assault for the March 2016 encounter, which was caught on cell-phone camera by none other than a nearby Batman​ panhandler​. That case is still pending. ​​
Neither Elkhezzani nor his lawyer returned messages.