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The parents of Olympic Gold medalist Tianna Madison apparently have a bone to pick with their daughter. Madison’s parents filed a $50,000 lawsuit against their daughter for allegedly slandering her parents with stories that they believe to have damaged their reputation.
Madison argues that her parents have been selfish bullies toward her and cheated her out of her money, causing her to go bankrupt. Elyria residents Robert and Jo Ann Madison filed the suit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, claiming libel, slander and defamation against the woman. They say that, in contrast to her claims, they were loving parents toward their daughter.
Madison’s husband, John Bartoletta, is also named in the suit for allegedly making false statements to the media. The worst part of the allegation that Madison made against her parents is that she blames them for allowing a local boy to come into their home and molest her.
Tianna won a gold medal in the women’s 4×100 meter relay and also made the finals of the Olympic Women’s 100 meter dash. She is one of the fastest women in the world. Her parents are seeking $25,000 each in compensatory and punitive damages.
Madison has not returned to her home in Elyria, Ohio after breaking the world record in the women’s 4×100 meter relay. Even when her parents held a rally for her, she didn’t attend. Her parents even went to London to watch her perform. They say that they spent over $100,000 supporting their daughter’s dream and are flabbergasted that she would speak so negatively about them in the press.
Brian Butler, Tianna’s rep, said that they are not going to speak on the lawsuit at this time.
“This should be a time for not just Tianna, but her family to celebrate all she has gone through and her winning a gold medal,” said Butler. “That is what she is going to focus on at this time.”