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Tigger Acquitted of Molestation

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by sears3820, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear.... Staff Member

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    "If the glove didn't grope the tit, you must acquit!!!"

    The poor guy lost his fiancee and has been suspended w/o pay for this incident.



    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=519&e=18&u=/ap/20040805/ap_on_re_us/disney_molestation_charge

    ORLANDO, Fla. - [size=-1]A Walt Disney World worker who was acquitted of charges he fondled a 13-year-old girl while dressed as Tigger says he wants to return to work, but not as a Disney character. [/size]

    Wednesday's acquittal came less than an hour following a three-day trial during which the defense attorney for Michael Chartrand donned a Tigger costume in an effort to show jurors how difficult it is to maneuver and see in the outfit.

    Outside court, Chartrand, a 36-year-old native of England who lost his fiancee and had been suspended without pay after his arrest, said he'd like his job back, but that the experience "has ruined my dream to be a character."

    Disney spokesman Bill Warren said, "We can have a conversation with him, but at this point we really don't have a comment."

    Jurors found Chartrand not guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation, a felony; he had faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted. He was accused of fondling the girl while posing for a photo with her and her mother.

    Earlier this week, Chartrand rejected a plea offer that would have given him probation.

    Prosecutor Will Jay and members of the girl's family left court without commenting.

    During closing arguments earlier Wednesday, defense attorney Jeffrey Kaufman — who also moonlights as Tigger and Goofy at Walt Disney World — first strapped on Tigger's tail and then put on a neck cloth, the enormous orange-and-black striped head, and two large orange mitts to show jurors how the costume limits peripheral vision and arm movements.

    Jurors said the tactic had no effect on their decision. "There was no evidence to convict," juror Zach Kauffman said. "They couldn't even prove who was behind the Tigger mask."

    Kaufman has contended that the girl's mother was merely after money and planned to sue Disney. The mother also claimed Tigger touched her breast during the visit to Disney World last February, although no criminal charges followed her allegation.

    Under questioning from Kaufman, the mother conceded that she had met with a lawyer about the case. But asked if she thought she could make a lot of money from Disney, she told Kaufman, "No, I didn't."
     
  2. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    jesus. im glad the guy got off if he didnt do anything.....but juries are forking stupid. i think if this was the case...the defense wouldve claimed he wasnt the Tigger who gropped her instead of having him actually put the costume on.
     
  3. exhawg

    exhawg Self Mythologizing Monster Staff Member

    People like this woman make me sick. Tigger probably hugged her and her daughter like Tiggers do and she tried to get money out of it. If I were the dude she charged I would sue her for everything she has for ruining my life.
     
  4. AKAK

    AKAK Mayor of Turkey Balls Falls Staff Member Bookie

    Damned Irish Travelers
     
  5. BuckeyeInTheBoro

    BuckeyeInTheBoro This space left intentionally blank

    but groping's what Tiggers do best!

    I can't believe the guy's defense attorney also plays Tigger... not something I'd want on my lawyer's resume, but I guess it was good in this case.
     
  6. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Fucking Arabs.
     
  7. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!


    God dammit, stop that

    now I gotta go switch out my keyboard again!
     
  8. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    I may change my moniker, GL.
     
  9. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    they are going to sign me up for freaking therapy here at work soon. "Hello, my name is Greg, I am the morom who keeps making the whole office shake, while laughing under my breath repeating "fucking Arabs!!"."
     
  10. FKAGobucks877

    FKAGobucks877 The Most Power-Drunk

    rugby, you owe me a keyboard too. Hilarious.
     
  11. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    Glad to be of service, FKA. :)
     

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