Cablevision Settles Suit of Former New York Rangers Cheerleader

Bloomberg - Dan Bollerman
December 27, 2007

Cablevision Systems Corp., owner of Madison Square Garden and the New York Rangers, settled a sexual-harassment lawsuit filed by a former captain of the National Hockey League team’s cheerleading squad.

No details of the settlement of the three-year-old lawsuit filed by former Rangers City Skaters captain Courtney Prince were disclosed.

Madison Square Garden and Kathleen Peratis, Prince’s lawyer, said in separate statements that the suit was resolved “with no admission of any wrongdoing.” Both sides declined further comment.

Prince sued MSG and two Rangers employees in October 2004, claiming sexual harassment and retaliation because she was fired and the Garden tried to smear her reputation, the New York Times said. The newspaper also said she accused a supervisor of telling her which of the skaters had to lose weight or “stuff their bras,” and that a team employee and another man asked her to have sex with them in the bathroom of a New York bar.

The settlement comes 16 days after Cablevision agreed to pay a reported $11.5 million in damages to Anucha Browne Sanders, a former executive of the National Basketball Association’s New York Knicks, who said she was subjected to obscenity-laced tirades and sexual advances by Knicks coach Isiah Thomas. Jurors ruled in the favor of Browne Sanders on Oct. 2 after a three-week trial.