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Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison sued by parents for defamation

Tianna Madison Olympic gold medalist, Tianna Madison, is being sued by her parents for libel, slander and defamation. (Ezra Shaw, Getty Images)

Tianna Madison's parents, Jo Ann and Robert Madison, are suing their daughter for libel, slander and defamation the Chronicle-Telegram reports. The lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Ohio.

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.

Madison's parents had flown to London to watch their daughter win gold as part of the U.S. women's 4x100m relay team. Madison ran the opening leg, and was followed by Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter. The team went on to set a world record with a time of 40.82 seconds.

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