Figure skater Oksana Baiul has filed a $5 million suit against NBCUniversal and production company Disson Skating, claiming that they used her image and name in promoting two specials even though she never agreed to appear in them.
The specials — a Dec. 15, 2011, show with Styx and a Jan. 19, 2012, show with Kenny G — did not feature Baiul. Months earlier, Disson did inquire about her participating, but her representative informed them that she would not consider their contract, her suit stated.
Yet she claims that she was featured in promotions, including marketing materials, radio advertising and a press release.
The suit was filed in New York Supreme Court on Friday.
Her suit claims that by using her image in promotions, it made it seem as if she was a no-show.
“In the entertainment industry, when a figure skater, actress or entertainer does not show up for a scheduled, promoted and/or advertised show where they are the headliner or star, it can have a devastating effect on her career,” the suit stated.
“Being labeled as a ‘no show’ to a producer is monumentally worse than an individual having a terrible credit score with a bank.”
Producer Stephen Disson told the New York Daily News that it was Baiul’s agent who asked him to book her on a show. After he offered two upcoming shows and he said he would send a contract, he later got word from her agent that she “no longer wanted to do the shows.”
“It’s just weird,” Disson told the Daily News.