'Riverdance' Star Michael Flatley Becomes Lord of the Defamation Suit

« WGA Strike: The Official NLRB Complaint | Main | Steroids in Baseball: The Legal Implications of the Mitchell Report »

'Riverdance' Star Michael Flatley Becomes Lord of the Defamation Suit

Fri Dec 14, 2007 @ 03:23PM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Flatley_2 Irish-American "Riverdance" star Michael Flatley has 11 million new reasons to dance. Flatley sued a woman who accused him of sexual assault for $100 million, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to Flatley's lawyers Bert Fields and Ricardo Cestero of Greenberg Glusker, the woman and her lawyer threatened to go public with allegations of sexual assault unless the Lord of the Dance paid her millions of dollars.  Flatley went after both, and the California Supreme Court ruled last year that the lawyer, D. Dean Mauro, committed extortion (he then settled the case).

Now the woman, Tyna Marie Robertson, has failed to contest Flatley's defamation suit, so Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Stern awarded $11.1 million to Flatley in a default judgment.

"This case proves that it never pays to try to extort money by making up false accusations," says Flatley, who is promising to give any recovered money to charity.

TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference 'Riverdance' Star Michael Flatley Becomes Lord of the Defamation Suit:

The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog focuses on how the entertainment and media industries are impacted and influenced by the law. It is edited by Matthew Belloni with contributions from veteran legal reporter Eriq Gardner and others. Before joining The Hollywood Reporter, Belloni was a lawyer at an entertainment litigation firm in Los Angeles. He writes a column for THR devoted to entertainment law. Gardner is a New York-based writer and legal journalist. Send tips or comments to [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter
Contact: Patrice Atiee at 323.525.2014 or [email protected]

The Hollywood Reporter is Your Complete Film Resource

The columnists and bloggers who write for The Hollywood Reporter have their collective finger on the pulse of the boxoffice. Martin Grove and the other THR columnists deliver their thoughts on the film industry in an uncompromised style. Subscribe to THR today and get the latest views from these film experts and get the latest movie reviews as well.