Disney settles Donald Duck groping allegations

Fri May 13, 2011 6:36pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Philadelphia woman who said she was molested by an employee dressed as Donald Duck while at Walt Disney World in 2008 has settled her lawsuit with the theme park company.

April Magolon sued Disney for more than $50,000 over a "ruined vacation" after a visit to the Epcot Center in Florida, where she claims an employee dressed as Donald Duck grabbed her breast when she approached him for an autograph while holding her young child.

In her lawsuit, Magolon also stated that the employee made a joking gesture that he had done something wrong after groping her.

The terms of the settlement on Wednesday were not disclosed. Magolon's lawyers did not return calls for comment on Friday and a spokesperson for Disney said the company had nothing to add beyond what was in the court record.

The incident is not the first time one of Disney's theme park characters has had a brush with the law.

In 2004, an employee dressed as Tigger made national headlines over allegations he fondled a 13-year-old.

The employee was later acquitted by a Florida jury but landed in more trouble months later when police alleged he shoved two photographers while working as Goofy.

(Reporting by Jeff Roberts; Editing by Jerry Norton)