August 23, 1997 in Nation/World

Judge Says Lawsuit Is ‘M-I-C …’ Former Mousketeer Claimed Disneyland Liable For Holdup

Associated Press
 
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A judge Friday dismissed the lawsuit of a former Mouseketeer who wanted Disneyland held responsible for her parking lot holdup and the trauma of her grandchildren seeing Mickey Mouse unmasked.

“There’s nothing to suggest this incident could reasonably have been avoided,” Superior Court Judge Richard Luesebrink ruled, agreeing to a defense motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

The suit was brought by Billie Jean Matay, 57, a Mouseketeer who performed at Disneyland’s opening in 1955 and on the old “Mickey Mouse Club” TV show.

She sobbed uncontrollably Tuesday as she testified how she took her grandchildren to “share the happy feeling” at the happiest place on Earth, only to be confronted by a robber with a gun who threatened to kill her as her young grandchildren sat in the back seat of her car Aug. 17, 1995.

The lawsuit accused Disneyland of negligence and claimed it further traumatized the children, ages 5, 7 and 11, by allowing them to see a Mickey Mouse and “Lion King” characters taking off their costumes when security guards brought them to a staging area after the robbery.

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