Oksana Baiul, the figure skater who beat Nancy Kerrigan in the 1994 Olympics, is suing NBC for using her name and likeness without her permission. According to a Feb. 6 report by the Los Angeles Times, Oksana Baiul is suing for $5 million in damages.
Oksana Baiul claims that her reputation was also damaged by NBC using her name and image. Since NBC used her name and image, Oksana Baiul has been labeled a “no show” and that is making it difficult for her to find work.
Oksana Baiul was born in 1977 in the Ukraine. She began skating at the age of four. She was orphaned at the age of 13 and moved in with her skating coach. The skating world was stunned when Oksana Baiul beat Nancy Kerrigan in the Olympics in 1994. Despite Kerrigan's injury, delibriately caused by an associate of another skater, Tonya Harding, Kerrigan was expected to win the gold medal.
Oksana Baiul is not the only celebrity suing for the sum of $5 million. Donald Trump also filed a lawsuit against Bill Maher for the same amount. Donald Trump claims Bill Maher would donate $5 million to charity, if Donald Trump could prove he was not the son of an orangutan. Trump did prove his father was not an orangutan, but Maher has yet to donate the $5 million to charity.