April Magolon Cleared To Pursue Donald Duck Fondling Suit

He's the cantankerous one in the classic Disney family. But since he's finally getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, maybe he'll be appeased for a minute or two. AP

Donald Duck Fondling Suit Goes Forward
A woman claims the Donald Duck character at Disney World fondled her. (AP Photos)
(CBS/AP) What a quack!

A Pennsylvania woman who claims Donald Duck groped her at Disney's Epcot theme park can have her day in court, a federal judge has ruled.

April Magolon, 27, claims that the character grabbed her breast as she held her child at the Walt Disney World park. Then the wacky duck had the gall to joke about it, she says.

Magalon says the encounter caused post-traumatic stress in the form of nightmares, digestive problems and other permanent injuries.

Court documents show that the mother also charged that there is a history of fondling complaints against Disney park workers, saying that the giant entertainment company has "condoned" their actions.

Her suit was filed in Pennsylvania, where Disney attorneys argued that the lawsuit either be dismissed or moved to Florida, where the encounter took place.

But U.S. District Judge John R. Padova refused, saying Magolon can proceed in Pennsylvania.

"She, her fiance (who was a witness to the alleged assault), and her treating doctors are all located in Pennsylvania," Padova wrote in a Dec. 29 ruling.

Disney also has greater resources to try the case in Pennsylvania than Magolon does to try it in Florida, he said.

Magolon does not have a listed phone number, and her lawyer did not immediately return the Associated Press' calls for comment Monday on the ruling. Disney will comment only through the court proceedings, Walt Disney World spokeswoman Andrea Finger said.

  • Sammy Saltzman

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