Posted September 07, 2012

Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison sued by parents for defamation

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Tianna Madison

Olympic gold medalist, Tianna Madison, is being sued by her parents for libel, slander and defamation. (Ezra Shaw, Getty Images)

Tianna Madison’s parents, Jo Ann and Robert Madison, are suing their daughter for libel, slander and defamation the Chronicle-Telegram reports. The lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Ohio.

The complaint naming Tianna Madison and her husband, John Bartoletta, as defendants states that since March of this year the couple has repeatedly published false and defamatory statements about the Madisons to various third parties, including media outlets.

The lawsuit details allegations that Tianna Madison has falsely said that her parents mismanaged her finances and that they knowingly allowed a boy who had molested the athlete in the past to enter their home in her presence.

Madison’s parents had flown to London to watch their daughter win gold as part of the U.S. women’s 4x100m relay team. Madison ran the opening leg, and was followed by Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter. The team went on to set a world record with a time of 40.82 seconds.


11 comments
Cool
Cool

Are these people related to the Jackson family by chance?

DonHole
DonHole

How can you libel, slander or defame someone scummy enough to sue their own kid?

Phuk_Yu
Phuk_Yu

(Kid, to parents, after being grounded for a week for a curfew violation): "I HATE YOU! YOU'RE THE WORST PARENTS EVER!!"

(Parents): "I'll see you in court." 

GrantCarlson
GrantCarlson

 @DonHole Good comment.  The mere fact that parents are suing a child for defamation speaks for itself.  If I'm a juror, that's all the information I need to know.

John54
John54

 @GrantCarlson  @DonHole

 If a person publicly makes statements which are not true and which are slanderous, then why should he/she be immune if those statements refer to a parent?

RickMage
RickMage

 @kwbaraka Of course, Tianna could be right in her accusations, too. Why would she lie about being molested?  

kwbaraka
kwbaraka

Exactly John.

 

The question that has to be answered is whether she made false claims against her parents.

 

Why assume it's the parents being scummy in suing their child versus the child being scummy in lying about the parents?