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More accuse park worker of fondling

Poll: Do you believe that "Tigger" is guilty of the molestation charges? (14 member(s) have cast votes)

  1. Yes (3 votes [21.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.43%

  2. No (11 votes [78.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 78.57%

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#21 User is offline   QuickGold 

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Posted 15 July 2004 - 11:53 AM

disneyprincess said:

The characters are real :)

I knew it! :mrgreen:
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Posted 16 July 2004 - 12:31 PM

I've seen Flik, Goofy, and Pluto get a little too fresh with my wife on a few occasions. I think I even have video proof of the Goofy situation. I just kept reminding myself that the costume was probably obscuring their vision and, even if they were doing things deliberately, the padding was probably preventing them from getting anything out of the touching.

As a sidenote, I have yet to be touched in an inappropriate way by any of the characters despite the many letters I have written to Sleeping Beauty and Alice. :wink:

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Posted 16 July 2004 - 04:08 PM

rob_wilson said:

As a sidenote, I have yet to be touched in an inappropriate way by any of the characters despite the many letters I have written to Sleeping Beauty and Alice. :wink:

Guys like us can't catch a break :P
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Posted 03 August 2004 - 08:44 PM

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ORLANDO, Florida (AP) -- A 13-year-old girl testified Monday that a Walt Disney World worker dressed as the beloved character Tigger fondled her breast while she posed for a photo with him and her mother.

"I didn't know what to do. I didn't know what to say," the girl said during the first day of Michael Chartrand's trial on battery and lewd and lascivious molestation charges.

Earlier Monday, Chartrand, 36, rejected a plea deal that would have spared him prison time if convicted.

Prosecutor William Jay offered Chartrand one year of probation and 50 hours of community service if he accepted the plea agreement for misdemeanor battery. Under the terms, Chartrand also would have been banned from theme parks and required to undergo a psychosexual evaluation.

"He didn't do it," said Jeffrey Kaufman, Chartrand's attorney. "We're going to fight it."

Chartrand now could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Chartrand, suspended without pay, was accused of touching the girl's breast while he posed for a picture with her and her mother last February at Mickey's Toon Town in the Magic Kingdom. After his arrest in April, other women filed complaints alleging similar conduct.

During opening statements, Jay described Chartrand as "a 36-year-old man who abused his Walt Disney World job to steal the innocence of a child." The prosecutor also disputed claims that Chartrand didn't know where he was placing his hands because of the bulkiness of the costume's paws.

"This defendant knew where his paws were," Jay said.

The Tigger costume will be shown to jurors on Tuesday, and they will be allowed to try it on in the jury room during deliberations.

Kaufman tried to raise doubts about the girl's credibility. He told jurors that the girl switched stories about the number of times she was groped and the order in which photos were taken of her with Tigger, a character from the Winnie-the-Pooh books and Disney movies.

The defense attorney also suggested that the girl and her mother were pursuing the criminal case to help in any civil case they filed against Disney.

Kaufman said he expected jurors to handle the Tigger costume so they can see how difficult it would be to grope somebody inside the bulky outfit.

Before the trial started, a Disney lawyer had suggested that the orange Tigger costume be dyed black or white and its ears removed if it is introduced as evidence at the trial. But the prosecutor said Monday that the jury would see the costume Tuesday as it's seen at the park.

The judge agreed to let the jury see 20 pictures that Chartrand turned over to detectives of himself, dressed as Tigger, posing with Disney World visitors. Kaufman objected, saying "a lot of those pictures aren't of my client." But Jay said the images would help refute likely defense arguments that the touching was accidental.


from http://www.cnn.com/2...l.ap/index.html
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Posted 03 August 2004 - 09:04 PM

It's being said that CMs were saying untrue bad things about him to help cause problems because they didn't like him.
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Posted 03 August 2004 - 09:43 PM

Heard the same sort of thing here Jillian. Her (or her family's) story has changed several times since they went public. If it did happen I do believe it was by accident, the family seems to be trying for much more.
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Posted 04 August 2004 - 10:24 AM

Personally I don't think he did it.
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Posted 05 August 2004 - 07:54 AM

He was found not guilty. :) http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/...-news-headlines

Quotes I find amusing (from a different article) "The girl's stepfather testified Tuesday that he saw no groping or fondling when his then-wife and stepdaughter posed for pictures with Tigger. He said he took one of the pictures used as evidence.

"We all walked out of there laughing and having a good time," said the man, who is not being named to protect the girl's identity.
On the way home, the man said his former wife mentioned something curious.

"She had made the comment: 'A picture is worth a thousand words,' " he said. "None of that actually clicked until three or four days later.""
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Posted 05 August 2004 - 09:53 AM

Good news! Tigger is free!
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Posted 05 August 2004 - 02:16 PM

Guess I'll have to throw away my...FREE TIGGER! t-shirt
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Posted 05 August 2004 - 06:36 PM

Good to hear!
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Posted 17 September 2004 - 03:07 PM

QuickGold said:

Good news! Tigger is free!


Tigger may be free, but his Goofy counterpart got suspended.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/flo...0,5037333.story
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Posted 17 September 2004 - 04:19 PM

File this under "Sad & Stupid"
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Posted 17 September 2004 - 05:28 PM

I think they're just trying to find a reason to get rid of the poor guy.
Maybe trying to force him to quit, rather than just fire him.
Either way, it's getting pretty ridiculous.
*Leslie Ivette*
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Posted 20 September 2004 - 09:07 PM

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I think they're just trying to find a reason to get rid of the poor guy.
Maybe trying to force him to quit, rather than just fire him.
Either way, it's getting pretty ridiculous.


I agree. Sounds like they want to get rid of the guy.
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Posted 21 September 2004 - 11:48 AM

Or maybe the guy is just an idiot.
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