Disney has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by fan Kellie Rodriguez, who alleged ‘Good Luck Charlie’ warm-up announcer Ron Pearson repeatedly slapped her on the ass during a taping of the show, TMZ is reporting. Rodriguez, an audience member at the Los Angeles taping on December 22, 2011, filed a lawsuit in January, saying the announcer also kissed her on the mouth in front of her two children.
ABC Cable Networks reportedly paid Rodriguez between $20-30,000 to drop the lawsuit against Perarson. The announcer didn’t receive any major repercussions during the case, as he’s still working on the sitcom, which stars Jason Dolley, Bridgit Mendler and Bradley Steven Perry.
According to the lawsuit, Rodriguez was chosen to participate in an audience competition, in which the contestants would dance to the Village People’s ‘YMCA,’ and the winner would get a prize. She alleged that when she began to dance, Pearson started touching her without warning. She added that the touching was relentless and didn’t stop until she turned around. Rodriguez wanted Pearson and Disney to pay, because she felt the company condoned, encouraged or ratified Pearson’s behavior by employing him in the first place.
Written by: Karen Benardello