By Olivia Scheck
MANHATTAN — A Broadway star sued Twitter to find the user who tweeted that he had crabs, the Daily News reported Thursday.
Musical theater actor Marty Thomas filed the suit in Manhattan on Wednesday, charging that Twitter user "Broadway Anonymous (@bwayanonymous) smeared him with the crabs claim, the News said.
"Which Avenue Q cast member gave Marty Thomas crabs?" the unidentified user reportedly tweeted. The feed has since been shut down, the paper said.
But Thomas, who has acted in "Xanadu" and "Wicked," wants Twitter to name his crab-cuser, the News reported.
His request is not without precedent.
A Manhattan model successfully sued Google last year, forcing them to identify the blogger who called her a "skank" and a "ho." The victory also helped spur a lawsuit this summer by a Columbia Business School student who wanted the company to turn over the name of a YouTube commenter who posted something nasty beneath one of her videos.
In addition to acting on Broadway, Thomas won the 2008 "Mr. Broadway" all-male beauty pageant, benefiting the Ali Forney Center LGBT charity, and, in 1992, beat out an 11-year-old Britney Spears on Star Search, according to the performer's website and abcnews.com.