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MSG Settles Sex Harassment Suit with Ex-Ranger Cheerleader Courtney Prince

The New York Daily News - Tracy Connor

Thursday, December 27th 2007, 4:00 AM

Still reeling from one sex harassment suit, Madison Square Garden settled another Wednesday - striking an out-of-court deal with the former head of the Rangers pep squad.

A lawyer for Courtney Prince, the fired captain of the Ranger City Skaters, confirmed the deal but wouldn't elaborate.

"We resolved this matter with no admission of wrongdoing on the part of any party," her lawyer, Kathleen Peratis, said in a statement.

The Garden issued an identical statement.

Prince filed suit in 2004, claiming the Garden was a virtual frathouse where male executives treated cheerleaders like sex objects.

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Two weeks after the Garden agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle a suit by former Knicks exec Anucha Browne Sanders, arena honchos also bit the bullet in the Prince case.

By settling, the Garden avoided a public trial that would have been chock-full of explosive testimony about sexually charged shenanigans off the ice.

Prince claimed she was canned after complaining that a Rangers public relations man and a former New York Times reporter propositioned her for a threesome.

She also charged that brass grilled her about the skaters' sexual habits, ordered skaters to stuff their bras and lose weight and bought booze for underage cheerleaders.

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Prince's case got a boost from Browne Sanders, who claimed that Rangers honchos had a "book" in which they recorded their sexual fantasies about the skaters.

Browne Sanders filed her own sexual harassment suit against the Garden months after Prince did - claiming she was fired after she complained about Knicks coach Isiah Thomas and the sleazy atmosphere in the front office.