Earlier today, The Smoking Gun published a claim filed by April Magolon of Upper Darby, Pennsylvania which claims that while visiting Donald Duck at Epcot Center [sic] in 2008, Donald had deliberately grabbed her ‘breast and molest[ed] her and then made gestures making a joke he had done something wrong.’ Magolon, who reportedly had her children with her, is suing Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for negligence and seeking in excess of $50,000, claiming to have suffered ‘severe physical injury, emotional anguish and distress including, but not limited to post-traumatic stress disorder.’
The claim being made by Magolon is — in many respects — unremarkable in that even it asserts there is a chronic problem with characters behavior in the parks. What is remarkable, however, is that the claim goes to great lengths to offer up one of the few cases that have actually gone to trial to support its own case, that of Michael Chartrand. Chartrand, a once friend of Tigger, faced up to fifteen years in prison on felony charges in which he was accused of molesting a 13 year old while in costume. What Magolon’s plea fails to note, however, is that Chartrand was found not guilty after the Defense brought the costume into the courtroom to prove the limitations it placed on vision and movement.