Where was the bell when he needed it?
Dustin Diamond, the irrepressible Samuel "Screech" Powers of Saved by the Bell fame, says he and a female fan got into a dust-up in an Omaha, Nebraska, hotel room that resulted in her trying to mug him.
The erstwhile tube geek, in town performing at the Funny Bone comedy club, says the unidentified fan attended his sold-out Sunday night gig and, in the wee hours of Monday, accosted him at his hotel room before trying to make off with his precious PSP videogames.
"I wake up and go to the bathroom and all of a sudden I hear this pound-pound-pound at the door," Diamond told E! Online in a phone interview Thursday. "I look out and see this girl with her hair hung down and I didn't put it together right away that it's the girl at the club."
Diamond says he first encountered the woman at the Funny Bone, where she hovered around him as he was awaiting payment from the venue's manager
"This girl was behind me and our conversation must have given her the idea, I guess, to try and rob me," said Diamond. "And [around 3 a.m.] she's at the door screaming, 'Come on, Screech, my phone's in there.' And clearly just being a comedian, I'm like, 'Yeah yeah where is it?' "
She kept pounding and that's when Diamond says he called hotel security to have her escorted her out of the building.
About 45 minutes later, Diamond said he was opening his door to go downstairs to catch a ride for a 5:15 a.m. flight when he heard a "boom."
"Somehow she got back in and is now holding a can of Mace up," he recounted. "I'm freaked out and jump back and she says, 'Where's the money, come on, tell me where it is, and she's trying to look through my bags.' "
Diamond managed to call 911 and the hotel security. He said he tried to "give her a house shirt to make her go away," referring to the T-shirts he's been hawking to save his Wisconsin home.
Then, he said, "she grabs my PlayStation Portable games, said, "This will have to do," and goes running out the door.
"I'm a big gamer and you don't mess with the D-man's videogames," he said.
Diamond, an alum of Celebrity Boxing 2, said he tried to stop her but she yelled, "Rape!" and "Help me!"
"I'm thinking great, this is all I need," Diamond said.
The actor said he managed to recover his games as police arrived. He and the woman both gave statements to police; he was allowed to leave to catch his flight.
A spokeswoman for the Omaha Police Department said no charges have been filed and called the incident "a case of he said, she said." The officer did not release the woman's name.
Said Diamond: "I have crazy fans and stuff but for some reason, this stuff happens all the time. I guess it's because of the T-shirt campaign we've just drawn a lot of attention."
In June, the former kid star took to selling autographed shirts via his Website to raise $250,000 to stop a bank from foreclosing on his Milwaukee-area home. Diamond has said that although he made $2 million over his 10-season run on Saved by the Bell, his parents took most of his earnings and he was screwed over in a real estate deal.
Diamond, who's scheduled to perform in Los Angeles and New York in the coming weeks, recently taped the Showtime comedy special, White Boys in the Hood, which is slated to air next month.