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Judge throws out Olympian Oksana Baiul's $45M lawsuit against NBC

By Michelle Kapusta,

A federal court judge has thrown out former Olympic figure skater Oksana Baiul’s $45 million libel and defamation lawsuit.

According to the New York Daily News, the “Queen of Ice” filed the suit against NBC Universal and Disson Skating for allegedly promoting her appearance in two ice shows that she did not participate in.

Baiul claimed that the use of her image at the shows in 2011 and 2012 damaged her reputation.

The New York Post reported that Manhattan Judge Katherine Forrest did not buy that argument and threw out the case on Thursday.

“To call Baiul’s arguments as to damages speculative is indeed charitable – she offers no credible evidence whatsoever that she has suffered or will suffer any compensate damages as a result of defendant’s alleged conduct,” Forrest wrote.

Baiul’s name was listed as participating in a press release to the media that’s used for TV listings after she backed out of the performances. However, both the network and Disson Skating deny promoting her appearance on the shows.

The 36-year-old Ukrainian figure skater won a gold medal in the 1994 Winter Games. So far, she is the only skater to win gold representing her country at the Olympics.

 
 

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