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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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Why the heck would she sign a contract in a language she didn't understand?! Get a freaking independent translator if necessary!!!

671 days ago


Dare I say the word? Ok... STUPID. Its ok not to understand the language but surely even at 16, she would have had an attorney look over the crap before she signed. Too bad 8 years later. If they screwed her, I hope she gets every dime back and more.

671 days ago


16 year olds aren't legally able to enter a contract

671 days ago


Look that word up in the english dcitionary hunny bun. You''ll be hearing it from the judge real soon.

671 days ago

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

The poor, poor dear! It´s not just English she can´t read. Apparently she also can't read the handwriting on the wall --- she is a forgotten, washed-up has-been nobody cares about.

671 days ago

Mike L    

Screw her!! She wasn't smart enough to have somebody who does speak the language look them over, then its her problem. An idiot and her money are soon parted.

671 days ago


SO stupid. Charlize Theron didn't speak English when coming to America and she's managed just fine. Same as Selma Hayak. Penelope Cruz. Sophia Vergara. Jackie Chan. Cesar Millan. One thing I do know? Borrowing a line from Taylor Swift I do know one thing: Suing William Morris means she will never, ever, ever, ever work in Hollywood again.

671 days ago


That's really greedy, because they are already getting paid plenty for their work, and then they want to steal from their meal ticket. Arrogance stinks.

671 days ago

Truth is    

Double duh......hire aye translator

671 days ago


At sixteen this girl had no parents left and would have trusted anybody who promised to help her. If memory serves, the woman who took her under her wing also died shortly after the Olympics. She was truly on her own.

671 days ago


Seems like her lawyer at the time is the person she should be mad at.

671 days ago


It's simply "Ukraine" not "the Ukraine."

671 days ago


What the hell do you think a lawyer is for? And an interpretur. Its not their responsibility, your fault for entering into a contract with out knowledge of the whole thing!

671 days ago

John Galt    

Who is the idiot writing these headlines?

671 days ago


Wow, here's a thought HIRE SOMEONE WHO SPEAKS ENGLISH!!!

671 days ago
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