A Manhattan federal judge has axed Olympic figure skater Oksana Baiul’s lawsuits against a skating promoter and NBC Universal. The figure skater had sued both the cable network and skating promoter Stephen Disson for falsely using her image in ads to promote shows in 2011 and 2012.
Disson claims that Baiul approached him by way of an agent to be included in the shows in 2011 and 2012. However, she backed out before the shows and before the ads began.
Judge Katherine Forrest explained her ruling in a 38-page opinion, saying Baiul’s arguments for damages had no evidence. A lawyer for Disson, one of the accused parties, stated that it seemed the lawsuit was merely filed for attention on the part of the figure skater.
Baiul, who won the Olympic gold medal back in 1994, was seeking multi-millions in the lawsuits.
Details and photo courtesy of The New York Post