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Dustin Diamond Says He’s Not Afraid of Mario Lopez and Mark Paul Gosselaar

Sep. 29 2009, Published 9:29 a.m. ET

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He may have become famous playing scrawny nerd Screech, but in real life Dustin Diamond would happily face his (buffer and bigger) Saved By The Bell co-stars if they wanted revenge over his recent tell-all book.

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“I'm more dangerous with martial arts than Mark-Paul Gosselaar or Mario Lopez ever was. I'm not the character Screech,” Diamond said. “The last thing they'd want to do is harm me in any way, because then that's a whole new legal battle and paparazzi thing. I can own all of Mario's, um, hosting shoes. What does he have?”

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In his book Behind the Bell, Diamond references a rape accusation against Lopez (“It’s public record. It’s in the L.A. County court systems,” he told Popeater.) and alleges Gosselaar took steroids while he shot the spin-off “Saved By The Bell: The College Years.”

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Diamond says the book wasn’t aimed to bash his co-stars and admits he doesn’t come away unscathed either. His reason for the book was simply to get the real story that people were interested out there.

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