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Allow us to recap the long, strange saga of Verne Troyer and his live-in girlfriend Ranae Shrider: first, there was the sex tape. Then, there were the accusations and overly detailed explanations of the erstwhile Mini-Me's sexual prowess. Now Troyer is accusing Shrider of assaulting him in ways that will no doubt give Mike Myers some new ideas for Austin Powers 4. Says TMZ:

Verne's killer lawyer, Ed McPherson, tells TMZ, "When you pick up a 2'8" human being and throw him to the floor, it hurts."

In the lawsuit, Troyer basically says the chick terrorized him, once picked the lock to his bedroom door, pushing away a 100 pound scooter that was used to block the door, and then throwing him to the floor." Troyer claims his damages from all that Shrider did to him exceed $20 million.

It's a shame that what began as a simple role-play from the Love Guru trailer could end in tears and recriminations, but we admire Troyer's willingness to think big when asking for damages. However, why stop there? We encourage Troyer to drag Myers into court for a hilarious trial in which Myers would play himself, his own lawyer, the judge, and several of the jury members, each ready with a vaguely Scottish accent and a wan, outdated catch phrase.

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