Oksana Baiul sues NBC over alleged use of likeness without permission

oksana-baiul-sues-nbc.jpgThe 2014 Winter Olympic games kick off one year from today, Wednesday, Feb. 6 -- and a former Olympic star is suing NBC, the Olympics broadcaster in the U.S.

The AP reports that Oksana Baiul, who won the gold medal in women's singles figure skating at Lillehammer's 1994 games, is suing NBC Universal and a television skating program producer for using her likeness.

The lawsuit claims that Disson Skating LLC offered Baiul a contract to perform in two skating shows that were to air on NBC, but Baiul declined, never signing the deal. She maintains that her name and likeness were used to advertise the show on two radio websites and used in a press release for the show.

The figure skater claims her reputation was damaged because the false publicity made her appear as a "no show" at the events, making it harder to get work. She is seeking $5 million in damages.

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