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
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)
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(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. (Read more Team USA stories.)

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