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Parents sue Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison for defamation


The parents of Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison have filed a libel, slander and defamation lawsuit against their athlete daughter claiming she has defamed them with false statements and allegations.

Jo Ann and Robert Madison, Elyria natives who flew to London to watch their daughter win a gold medal as a part of the women’s relay team in the 4 x 100 meter event, filed the lawsuit Thursday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

The complaint naming Tianna Madison and her husband, John Bartoletta, as defendants states that since March of this year the couple has repeatedly published false and defamatory statements about the Madisons to various third parties, including media outlets.

The lawsuit details allegations that Tianna Madison has falsely said that her parents mismanaged her finances and that they knowingly allowed a boy who had molested the athlete in the past to enter their home in her presence.

Tianna Madison and John Bartoletta reside in Florida and returned there after winning in London.

Read Saturday's Chronicle for more on this story.

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