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CR Resort Fan 4 Life
02-16-2007, 10:08 AM
Sarah Lundy | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted February 15, 2007, 3:28 PM EST Video

Tigger, the Walt Disney World character, is no longer in the cross-hairs of the State Attorney's Office.

No charges will be filed against 31-year-old Michael J. Fedelem, the employee playing Winnie the Pooh's bouncy friend, the State Attorney's Office announced today.

Prosecutors reviewed the complaint that Tigger punched a 14-year-old during a home-video session at Disney-MGM Studios last month.

Subrbnmommy
02-16-2007, 10:13 AM
Wow! That's good news!

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
02-16-2007, 10:32 AM
We all knew the guy was innocent, it was jut a matter of time when he would officially have these charges dropped against him.

Also it's good to see this family won't be getting any money from WDW, because you can tell they were out to scam them. I saw a clip of the kid on Youtube talking to the meda & he did not look like someone who was hurt with injuries & etc.

Mickeyistheman
02-16-2007, 10:37 AM
Great news to start off the weekend, I do still hope that he will be employed with Disney!:tigger: :tigger: :tigger:

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
02-16-2007, 10:53 AM
Great news to start off the weekend, I do still hope that he will be employed with Disney!:tigger: :tigger: :tigger: Here is something from the Fox News website that mentions his status where it comes to him going back to work for WDW.

ORLANDO, Fla. Criminal charges will not be filed against a Disney employee accused of hitting a teenager while in costume as the Winnie the Pooh character "Tigger," authorities said.

The State Attorney's Office announced Thursday that it will not press charges against Michael J. Fedelem. Prosecutors made the decision after reviewing a complaint from New Hampshire resident Jerry Monaco.

Monaco videotaped his 14-year-old son, Jerry Jr., posing with a costumed Fedelem at Disney-MGM Studios in January. At some point a confrontation occurred between the boy and Fedelem. The father later watched the videotape and said Fedelem intentionally hit his son "on or about the head," Orange County Sheriff officials said.

Park officials suspended Fedelem, 31, while the investigation was being conducted. A telephone call placed to Disney officials by The Associated Press early Friday to find out Fedelem's employment status was not immediately returned.

CanadianGuy
02-16-2007, 11:00 AM
I read elsewhere on these boards a few days ago from someone who 'seemed' to 'know'...

He's back at work and was paid for his shifts he missed while suspended.

Hopefully someone can confirm.

J

Fernter65
02-16-2007, 11:10 AM
Ths paraphrase another great orange furry cat about this news.....It's GRRRRRRRRRRREAT!!!
:banana:

sarah_n_brian2006
02-16-2007, 11:13 AM
In the beginning, he was said to be suspended with pay. So I am assuming that he got paid while all of this was going on.

ukcatfan
02-16-2007, 11:31 AM
He should turn around and sue them for slander for running his name through the mud.

Kevin

Vickie46
02-16-2007, 11:34 AM
I totally agree.. think of the stress that poor man went thru with this family... How terrible. That family is just awful! I am so glad the Tigger guy is off the hook! He should have never went thru that!:yay:

MareSINY
02-16-2007, 11:42 AM
I just saw the article online and was coming over here to see if anyone had posted about it yet.

I'm really glad they didn't file charges, it's always nice when justice prevails.

I still think this family will try to get something from Disney. Civil suit perhaps? Such losers!

loopner67
02-16-2007, 11:46 AM
He should turn around and sue them for slander for running his name through the mud.

Kevin

I agree. That's the first thing I thought about when reading this. And that family should be barred from WDW. :cool2:

wic0721
02-16-2007, 12:13 PM
I was actually just wondering if there were any updates on this, I had just seen someone's "I support Tigger smiley" on another post!

I'm glad this has been resolved finally! I feel bad for the CM that had to go through all of this! Yeah Tigger!!! :tigger:

Lindy Loo
02-16-2007, 12:28 PM
Good news!:thumbsup2

At last so common sense has been applied to a decision! :)

I hope the CM ws paid for all the missed shifts and he is now back at work.

The family should be ashamed of themselves, to even think to bring a case against the CM. From all the video clips it is clear the boy was pulling or pushing Tigger. Im glad they didnt get anything from Disney, otherwise it would encourage others with stupid claims.


WELL DONE TO TIGGER!!!

TheDisneyGirl02
02-16-2007, 12:32 PM
I'm very glad no charges were filed, but I'm sure that they will still try to file a civil law suit. I hope no lawyer will take it, but I did read on another message board that they already contacted a lawyer from FL. We'll have to wait and see what happens...but as far as I'm concerned, the family should be banned from WDW AND have to pay back wages for Tigger!

kribit
02-16-2007, 12:43 PM
He should turn around and sue them for slander for running his name through the mud.

I agree.

CanadianGuy
02-16-2007, 12:49 PM
Since there were no criminal penalties assessed.. a civil action would probably be tossed on summary judgement without much care by a judge before it even got to trial.

I think we're looking at the end of this story.

The son would have a hard time proving actual damages. A good lawyer on Disney's side would argue that far more damage (emotional damage anyway) was done to the son by his family by drawing media attention to the matter, than by the event itself.

And without the criminal action, other types of damages would almost impossible to secure.

J

Caboosey
02-16-2007, 12:52 PM
Hooray for Tigger!! I'm glad that worked out. :tigger: :tigger:

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
02-16-2007, 12:57 PM
Since there were no criminal penalties assessed.. a civil action would probably be tossed on summary judgement without much care by a judge before it even got to trial.

I think we're looking at the end of this story.

The son would have a hard time proving actual damages. A good lawyer on Disney's side would argue that far more damage (emotional damage anyway) was done to the son by his family by drawing media attention to the matter, than by the event itself.

And without the criminal action, other types of damages would almost impossible to secure.

J Very well said so if this family wants a civil suit it does not look like they can even get that, however as we all know this family does not deserve anything.

WaltD4Me
02-16-2007, 01:09 PM
I'm very glad no charges were filed, but I'm sure that they will still try to file a civil law suit. I hope no lawyer will take it, but I did read on another message board that they already contacted a lawyer from FL. We'll have to wait and see what happens...but as far as I'm concerned, the family should be banned from WDW AND have to pay back wages for Tigger!

It'd be nice if no lawyer would take it, but sadly, I'm sure the will be plenty to choose from.

The whole thing is SO ridiculous! But I'm sure all some people see is $$$$$

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
02-16-2007, 01:15 PM
Watch this clip from Youtube of the kid who was allegedly injured being interviewed, in my opinion he does not look injured to me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiPPxBxPBOw

soupy11
02-16-2007, 01:23 PM
This is great news, I am sure that the CM is relieved and I hope he goes out and has a great celebration with his friends and family!

Tinks_gang
02-16-2007, 02:23 PM
This is the first I had heard of the incident. On another board, I had heard Tigger was arrested but hadn't heard the whole story. I just watched the link on YouTube and from the video it appears that the kid must have done something to the character. Tigger was posed for a picture and then jumps like he was pinched or hit from the back. Now don't attack me for this, but it does appear Tigger grabbed the kids arm and turned to push him away - a normal response for anyone who was hurt by another...plus, being dressed in those costumes, I highly doubt Tigger could have known where his hand would be in refernce to the boy. Therefore, I am glad that the charges were dropped but I am curious if the man portraying Tigger ever gave a response. Did the boy do something to provoke the character?

I can't say that I totally blame the family for being concerned. Again, I don't know much on this story but if this happened to my child I would probably be a bit alarmed. Granted, I wouldn't sue but that's just not how I do things either.

punkin1763
02-16-2007, 03:23 PM
Yeah Tigger!! That is great news.

dumbo33
02-16-2007, 03:45 PM
that Tigger could file a slander lawsuit against the family. He didn't lose his job so there wouldn't be any monetary dameges that he could pick up so I am pretty sure he wouldn't have a case. But if someone else knows for sure that he could, that would be great!!

CR Resort Fan 4 Life
02-16-2007, 03:50 PM
Remember 2 years ago or something there was another Tigger character who was accused of groaping a 13 or 14 year old Girl, however he was found not guilty. Unless I am wrong I don't he filed a slander lawsuit, so I don't think this person will either although you never know what he may do.

Twende
02-16-2007, 03:58 PM
HOORAY for TIGGER!


That is wonderful news! :cheer2: :banana: :cool1: :dance3: :woohoo: :thumbsup2

SueM in MN
02-16-2007, 04:24 PM
On another board, I had heard Tigger was arrested but hadn't heard the whole story.
I don't think the guy playing Tigger was arrested. The police took a statement from him where he said he felt someone come up to the side of him a place their hand behind his back (because of the costume, he could only see straight ahead thru the nose of the costume and could not see the person coming up by him). His police statement said that whatever the person was doing behind his back/neck, it was pulliing on the costume, which choked him and he lost his balance trying to get away.

Tinks_gang
02-16-2007, 04:26 PM
I don't think the guy playing Tigger was arrested. The police took a statement from him where he said he felt someone come up to the side of him a place their hand behind his back (because of the costume, he could only see straight ahead thru the nose of the costume and could not see the person coming up by him). His police statement said that whatever the person was doing behind his back/neck, it was pulliing on the costume, which choked him and he lost his balance trying to get away.

Watching the video, that looks to be much more realistic than thinking he just all out punched some kid he didn't know. Thanks!

And the other story I was referring to was actually regarding Beast (from Beauty and Beast show) and he was arrested for child pornography...sorry for the mix up!

minijeanie
02-18-2007, 10:21 AM
so happy for this man!:cool1: :cool1:

Justice prevailed for once:goodvibes :goodvibes

DanenRox
02-18-2007, 12:28 PM
I'm guessing with all the surveillence that exists in WDW, there must be videotape showing the back of Tigger on the fateful day, and exactly what the boy was grabbing/touching. I refuse to believe the family's video was the only photographic evidence in this case.

Chad&Janet
02-19-2007, 09:06 AM
This is the first I had heard of the incident. On another board, I had heard Tigger was arrested but hadn't heard the whole story. I just watched the link on YouTube and from the video it appears that the kid must have done something to the character. Tigger was posed for a picture and then jumps like he was pinched or hit from the back. Now don't attack me for this, but it does appear Tigger grabbed the kids arm and turned to push him away - a normal response for anyone who was hurt by another...plus, being dressed in those costumes, I highly doubt Tigger could have known where his hand would be in refernce to the boy. Therefore, I am glad that the charges were dropped but I am curious if the man portraying Tigger ever gave a response. Did the boy do something to provoke the character?

I can't say that I totally blame the family for being concerned. Again, I don't know much on this story but if this happened to my child I would probably be a bit alarmed. Granted, I wouldn't sue but that's just not how I do things either.

That's a funny post. :rotfl:You don't blame the family for "being concerned." I don't blame Tigger for being a little concerned for some punk trying to choke him with his own costume.

Many children at that age are in martial arts. When I practiced (learned) judo, we learned several different types of chokes which are legal in competition. Several of them use the competitor's dogi (uniform) against them to speed the action of the choke.

This kid thought he would be sly and cunning by putting a choke on some poor guy working for very little money in a hot costume. Shameful.

YoHo
02-19-2007, 03:02 PM
Tinks_gang, you clearly don't love Tigger enough. ;)