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Litigation

Tourist's Lawsuit: 'Donald Duck Groped Me'

PHILADELPHIA - A Pennsylvania woman is suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, alleging that a person in a Donald Duck costume touched her breast and molested her at Epcot Center in Florida two years ago (Magolon v. Walt Disney Parks And Resorts, Llc, No. 2:10cv3937, E.D. Pa.).

April Magolon, 27, of Upper Darby says she was at Epcot on May 20, 2008, with her young children and fiancé and approached a Disney employee in the duck costume to get an autograph. As she held one of her children in her arms, the employee proceeded to grab her breast "and molest her and then made gestures making a joke indicating he had done something wrong," according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which seeks more than $50,000 in damages for negligence, infliction of emotional distress and battery, says the alleged incident is similar to a "long line of continuing, long standing, similar prior incidents" at Disney's various resorts premises. It says a Walt Disney World employee was charged with molesting a 13-year-old girl and her mother while dressed as the character "Tigger" in 2004, and cites other alleged incidents.

The lawsuit says Magolon has suffered severe physical injury, emotional anguish and distress, including post-traumatic stress disorder, muscle contraction headaches, nausea, cold sweats, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, digestive problems and other severe emotional injuries.

The personal injury suit, originally filed in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, was removed Aug. 6 to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and assigned to Judge John R. Padova.

Magolon is represented by Michael O. Pansini of Pansini & Mezrow in Philadelphia. Disney is represented by Frederick P. Marczyk of Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia.

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