Tie Domi retired as an active NHL player on Sept. 19, 2006. ((Paul Chiasson/Associated Press))

Former Toronto Maple Leaf enforcer Tie Domi has launched a $950,000 defamation lawsuit against a Toronto radio personality and his employer.

In the suit, Domi alleges that Q107 radio host John Derringer falsely stated in a broadcast on Oct. 2, 2006, that Domi charges fees to appear for charities.

The lawsuit, which was reported in Thursday's Toronto Sun, also claims Derringer led his listeners to believe that Domi "is a morally flawed public personality who misleads the public about his philanthropic contributions (and) that Tie Domi's past, current and future involvements to charitable causes is motivated by personal financial gain."

Domi claims his reputation has been damaged and he has suffered embarrassment, humiliation and other damages.

The 16-year NHL veteran is seeking $500,000 in general damages, $250,000 in special damages and $100,000 each for aggravated and punitive damages, plus costs against Derringer, his employer, Corus Premium Television Ltd. and Corus Entertainment Inc.

In a statement of defence, Derringer denies he said Domi received compensation for his involvement or contributions to charity events.

The defence argues that if Domi's reputation has been damaged it's more a result of his ex-wife's public claims of his infidelity as well as his brother Dash's involvement in a computer-leasing scandal between the City of Toronto andMFPFinancial Services.

None of the allegations in the statements of claim or defence have been proven in court.

With files from the Canadian Press