Tigger acquitted of molestation, wants job back


Jun 3, 2003
Tigger acquitted of molestation, wants job back
"A Walt Disney World worker who portrayed the character Tigger was acquitted Wednesday of charges he fondled a 13-year-old girl while posing for a photo with the teen and her mother. Jurors found Michael Chartrand not guilty of lewd and lascivious molestation, a felony, after deliberating for less than one hour. He had faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted... Chartrand, a native of England who lost his fiance and had been suspended without pay after his arrest, said he'd like his job back, but that the experience 'has ruined my dream to be a character.' Disney spokesman Bill Warren said, 'We can have a conversation with him, but at this point we really don't have a comment.' ... Defense attorney Jeffrey Kaufman - who also moonlights as Tigger and Goofy at Walt Disney World - first strapped on Tigger's tail and then put on a neck cloth, the enormous orange-and-black striped head, and two large orange mitts to show jurors how the costume limits peripheral vision and arm movements."

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