Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul is suing NBC’s sports division and production company Disson Skating LLC for promoting her involvement in television specials that she had not agreed to do, according to a Feb. 4 New York Daily News report.
The figure skating champion says Disson offered her a deal to perform in two shows that were to air on NBC. Baiul however, did not appear in the shows and never signed the deal.
Baiul claims that by using her name and likeness in promotional materials, both NBC and Disson created the impression that she was a “no show” when she did not perform. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the skater alleges, in pertinent part, that “[the no-show label] damages her goodwill with her loyal fans that purchased tickets expecting to see her perform.”
Stephen Disson said his company never publicly disclosed his negotiations to have Baiul appear. “It's just weird,” he said. Baiul is seeking $5 million in damages.
NBC and Baiul’s lawyer have reportedly declined to comment.
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