Disney has been sued by a Pennsylvania tourist alleging negligence, battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and intentional and reckless infliction of emotional distress – at $50,000 a pop. The woman claims that her breast was groped by the person in a Donald Duck costume whom she had asked for an autograph. The $200,000 civil lawsuit originally filed in Pennsylvania’s Court of Common Pleas in December 2009 has been transferred to Philadelphia’s federal court after a request from Disney to move it there.
The lawsuit also states the Orange County Sheriff’s Office has received 24 complaints alleging similar acts by costumed characters since 2004, according to The Orlando Sentinel’s report of the case. A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said that sex-crimes investigators are working on providing an official count. In 2004, a person dressed as Tigger was accused of groping a 13-year-old girl and her mother at Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Toontown Fair.