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Dominican TV host calls burning of US magician 'an accident'

A Dominican TV show host accused of setting a U.S. magician's head on fire tells The Associated Press that it was an accident.

Franklin Barazarte said in a phone interview Tuesday from New York that he tossed flaming liquid on Wayne Houchin's head as a "blessing" during a Nov. 26 taping of the show. He said it was a demonstration with magical religious overtones that turned out badly.

Barazarte was serving as a guest host on an astrology and variety show called "Closer to the Stars." He said his hands also were burned during the incident.

Houchin said in an e-mail Monday to the AP that he is seeking legal action. Prosecutors have said they are waiting for someone to file a criminal complaint so they can take action.

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