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Oksana Baiul Sues

I Got Screwed Outta $1 Mil

'Cause I Don't Talk Good English

11/20/2012 4:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Olympic figure skating legend Oksana Baiul says she should be AT LEAST $1 million richer ... if not for talent agents who took advantage of the fact that she sucks at speaking English ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

Baiul -- who was born and raised in the Ukraine -- is suing the powerful William Morris Endeavor agency ... claiming they locked her into a series of contracts back in 1994 when she was 16 ... and she didn't understand the paperwork because of her poor grasp of the English language.

In the suit, filed in the L.A. County Superior Court, Baiul claims that because she didn't understand the contracts ... she didn't realize that she had unintentionally allowed WME to distribute portions of her earnings to people with whom she claims she has no relationship.

There's more ... Baiul also claims WME has not paid her in full for her work on several projects -- including the Oksana Baiul Jewelry Collection, various TV specials, greeting cards and two books.

Oksana claims she only realized the misdeeds when she hired a new personal manager in 2011 ... who launched an investigation into her finances.

In total, Baiul says WME owes her more than $1 million in lost earnings and other damages.

Calls to WME have not been returned.

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31.

sally    

She's lucky! I thought Nancy Kerrigan should have won the Olympic gold instead of her that year.

609 days ago
32.

OBAMA CLAUS     

Happy Thanksgiving everyone in the US and around the world.

609 days ago
33.

Gary    

Too late kitten. The statute of limitations is 6 years. That means you should have filed no later than 2000. Here it is 12 years later and your sunk.
That means the judge will throw your case out.

609 days ago
34.

jillinois    

Sixteen year old kid who was clueless and a cashcow for her agency. She was a product to be used. Yeah, she should have had it checked out- but have you seen how emotional she was as a kid? She cried if the wind blew.

I don't know if she's owed any money- but she in no way was capable of knowing her AMERICAN rights when she'd been raised in various places after her parents died. For a while, she slept at the rink she skated at. She was (is?) naive. Give her a break !

609 days ago
35.

Jordan    

this girl will have a big problem in court that the people at TMZ do not know much about after 18 years the statute of limitations might have expired. she should have brought this up 18 years ago the judge will probably dismiss the case because of the time.

609 days ago
36.

Lou    

She's had a tragic life. I know her from the COI tour. She's a little nuts, but still a really nice person.

609 days ago
37.

shannon2    

Her father abandoned her when she was an infant. Her mother died of ovarian cancer when she was 13. She was a dirt poor peasant coming out of the Ukraine when she won the Gold Medal and these "Talent Agents" signed her. How good was YOUR Russian language skills at 16 years old? How good was YOUR knowledge of Russian contract law? She was an orphaned seal in the water, a chance at security and a new life was the Chum tossed in....and the identity of the Sharks that situation drew is pretty obvious. Just pay the girl, Sharks.

609 days ago
38.

Kelly    

... Baiul also claims WME has not paid in full her for work on several projects -- including the Oksana Baiul Jewelry Collection, various TV specials, greeting cards and two books.

Apparently the author of this article doesn't speak English "good" either....

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/11/20/oksana-baiul-lawsuit-agents-william-morris-endeavor-wme-english-contracts/#ixzz2CpUKMJOd

609 days ago
39.

Zed    

I had the biggest crush on her when I was in high school. What I wouldn't have done to swim around her mossy banks...

609 days ago
40.

laffnbear    

"has not paid in full her for work" Looks like a TMZ copy writer is none too proficient in English either.

609 days ago
41.

jsmu    

What an attempt at a scam. I'm sure this opportunistic little bitch spoke good enough English to say GIMME THE MONEY (the only thing she was ever interested in, by the way) and now that she's an old hag of an alcoholic she needs it for her daily VODKA.

609 days ago
42.

Jeffrey    

If you dont know the language then you dont belong here. Go back to the Ukraine.

609 days ago
43.

zombie    

Good luck with suing WME. Lol.

609 days ago
44.

Straight Talkin Texan    

That's why you should have attorneys! Duh!

609 days ago
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memory.sanchez@facebook.com    

poor girl; when they saw/heard you coiming, agencies/Hollywood, in your forehead reads 'easy money', by these s*** bags...

609 days ago
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