GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi attorney has dropped his lawsuit filed against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after he says he choked on a piece of chicken when the fast-food restaurant failed to provide him a knife in the drive-thru.

Paul Newton Jr. of Gulfport tells The Sun Herald he decided not to pursue the matter further citing "extreme comments" directed at his family.

Newton says the only utensil he was given last November at the Gulfport restaurant was a spork. The lawsuit says because Newton didn't receive a plastic knife, his only option was to hold the piece of chicken with his hands and tear off pieces with his teeth, causing him to choke.

The lawsuit says Newton underwent emergency surgery to remove the piece of chicken from his throat.