'Donald Duck,' Disney Sued Over Alleged Groping
A civil suit that filed by a Philadelphia-area woman claims she was groped by "Donald Duck" at Walt Disney World.
The suit was filed in July by April Magolon of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Disney wants the case moved to federal court in Philadelphia.
The alleged groping happened in May 2008 when Magolon was at EPCOT Center in Orlando with her children and fiancé.
Magolon says she was approached by a Disney employee wearing a "Donald Duck" costume.
She claims the mascot grabbed her breast and then made "gestures" making a joke of the groping.
The suit also points to alleged past incidents at the park, including a case in 2004 when an employee dressed as "Tigger" assaulted two people.
That incident happened in April 2004, when a 36-year-old Disney employee was arrested for allegedly fondling a 13-year-old girl and her mother while he was dressed as "Tigger" during a photo opportunity at the Magic Kingdom in February 2004. He was charged with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between 12 and 15 years old and one count of simple battery. The case went to trial, where the jury's deliberation lasted less than one hour. The employee was acquitted of all charges and returned to work at Disney.
Magolon is claiming negligence, battery, and infliction of emotional distress, and is seeking in excess of $50,000 in damages from Disney.
In a statement Disney said, “We have not seen the plaintiff’s complaint and we will respond appropriately in court.”
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