Donald Duck Molestation Case Is Quackers

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Donald Duck certainly isn't a cheery sort -- seriously, watch the cartoons; he's always grumbling about something -- but I never expected him to be a deranged pervert, grabbing a woman's breast, causing her "severe physical injury."

But that's exactly what April Magolon claims to have endured on an otherwise sunny trip to Epcot Center over two years ago. She asked for Donald's autograph, and he felt her up as an added bonus.

April? It's not really Donald. A duck can't hold a pen. Opposable thumbs, you know.

The full complaint is posted on The Smoking Gun, alleging that Donald "proceeded to grab Plaintiff, APRIL MAGOLON's breast and molest her and then made gestures making a joke indicating he had done something wrong."

"Made gestures making a joke"? The wording is so awkward it's obvious that's exactly what Magolon told her lawyer, verbatim. The complaint doesn't elaborate on what those gestures were. Did Donald shrug? Did he put his hands over his mouth? Did he make a tsk-tsk motion at himself with his index fingers? What sort of recognizable, specific body language can be exhibited by someone lumbering around in an oversized full body costume?

Magolon's complaint goes on to cite other similar cases against Disney, including one of only two documented by Snopes.com that actually went to trial. In both cases (1981 and 2004), the defendants were acquitted based on demonstrable evidence that the costumes restricted their movements such that they couldn't have possibly done what their accusers alleged. Looking at the size of Donald's costumed paws, it seems impossible that he could have purposefully grabbed anything at all, let alone a park guest's breast.

What really kills me though is the description of the damages sustained by Magolon. Thanks to Donald, she's got PTSD. Plus, she suffered a "severe shock to her entire nervous system, and other injuries the full extent of which are not yet known." Of course, all of this breast-grabbing trauma means that she can't work and she's shelling out big bucks to "effectuate a cure." Finally, top it off with a lament about her "ruined vacation." This is the sort of bullshit that gives lawyers their lousy reputation.

April Magolon, I hope the judge and jury laugh you out of court. If you wanted to make a believable case, you should have asked for Pepe Le Pew's autograph.

 

Image via The Smoking Gun

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Jennifer Riley

Victim blaming much? Shameful.

CafeS... CafeSasha

I really missed the boat on this one. Why are you so angry at the victim? Why is her story so implausible?

Julie... JulieMarsh

Because it's ridiculous. Donald probably awkwardly slung an arm over her shoulder (those costumes are heavy and awkward) and brushed her accidentally. The characters are not allowed to talk, so an apologetic gesture is all he could have done.


Furthermore, the list of damages incurred is jaw-dropping and screams fraud. It's a thoroughly frivolous lawsuit and a waste of time and money.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

laughingsome people will do anyting to sue someone and get money.

Jennifer Riley

...unless he did grab her breast, and then cheered (that was the gesture). Then it's not frivolous, it's molestation.

CafeS... CafeSasha

If Donald grabbed my breast, I would sue disney, too and I just don't think her story is that implausible.

Slieu... Slieurance

I agree with you,  Julie.


I don't think it sounds plausible, and I have to get suspicious when the list of trama she suffered seems so out of line with the offense.


I don't know why she could not work, because someone groped her breast. Does she work with a man in a duck costume, and she is fearful of all large ducks?


If it had happend to me, I don't think I would sue Disney, but I would try to get the guy fired.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

Even if Donald did cop a feel, which I so completely doubt because cast members can't feel anything through those padded costume hands - so what would be the point? -  the victim's list of damages is totally laughable.  Unless, of course, she had a prior run-in with a giant white duck that grabbed her bits, and the second incident put her nervous system right over the damn edge.  Insert ENORMOUS EYEROLL here.

my2.5... my2.5boys

I had a Disney Character cop a feel on me once. I was about 15, and at Disney with a group of my friends. (I live in Orlando, and have been to Disney hundreds of times. It's only happened once.) We posed for a picture, and whoever was in the costume definitely grabbed my chest. I wasn't traumatized by it though.


There are all kinds of perverts out there, and they find all kinds of jobs that allow them to perpetuate their perversions. So, I don't doubt that an incident like this can occur, I just think this lady is blowing things way out of proportion. It's really no different than that creepy guy who brushes up against your butt in a crowd. Really, how much could they feel thru those thick gloves?

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