US Olympian Gets Sued ... by Her Parents

Lawsuit says Tianna Madison spread bad stories about them

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 7, 2012 5:09 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Ohio parents of Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison have sued her, saying she spread stories they had been selfish and bullying and cheated her financially. Robert and Jo Ann Madison filed the libel, slander, and defamation lawsuit yesterday in Cleveland. They say they've been loving, supportive, and generous parents. (They left out "litigious.")

Tianna Madison was on the winning 4x100-meter relay track team at the Summer Olympics in London. She won the gold with Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight, and Carmelita Jeter in world record time. The lawsuit also names her husband, John Bartoletta. The parents' lawsuit seeks more than $25,000 each in compensatory and punitive damages.

In this Aug. 9 photo, United States' Tianna Madison runs in the first leg of the women's 400-meter relay at the Summer Olympics in London.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
The United States' women's 4 x100-meter relay team members, from left, Carmelita Jeter, Bianca Knight, Tianna Madison and Allyson Felix celebrate their gold medal win.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
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