NEW YORK (AP) - Avoiding the potential of a second embarrassing sexual harassment trial, Madison Square Garden settled a lawsuit with a former New York Rangers cheerleader who had accused executives of making unwanted advances.
MSG and Courtney Prince, who was fired in January 2004, announced a settlement Wednesday of Prince's federal lawsuit. Identical statements released by the arena and by Prince, 29, said the matter had been resolved ``with no admission of wrongdoing on the part of any party.'' Both sides declined further comment.
After refusing a settlement deal with former Knicks team executive Anucha Browne Sanders when she accused coach Isiah Thomas and MSG of sexual harassment, the team and the Garden endured an embarrassing trial that exposed the club's tawdry side, from its dysfunctional clubhouse to its star player's sexual exploits with a team intern.
A jury awarded Browne Sanders $11.6 million in October; MSG settled with her for $11.5 million before both sides were to return to court to discuss further damages.
Prince, the former captain of the Rangers' cheerleading squad, said in her 2004 lawsuit that she was fired by the Garden after warning cheerleaders that at least one member of management was a sexual predator.
She had said a member of management tried to kiss her and asked her to have sex with him after a postgame party in 2003, and that other executives made disparaging remarks about the sexual morals of a fellow skater. She said the dozen cheerleaders were told to stuff their bras, lose weight, wear fake eyelashes and hairpieces and be more sexually alluring.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had recommended that MSG have its employees undergo sexual harassment discrimination training and pay Prince $800,000 in damages.

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Red-hot Florida faces off with Los Angeles Buoyed by the return of two key forwards, the Panthers have reeled off three consecutive victories. Can Los Angeles put an end to...
Thumbnail Two scorching squads meet on Long Island In recent weeks, the Rangers have cemented their reputation as the NHL’s most formidable road team. But can Alain Vigneault’s crew fend off a suitably...
Thumbnail Detroit enters dicey matchup vs. St. Louis The Blues are familiar with facing peril in 2016-17. Fortunately, they’re nowhere close to Detroit’s dire straits.
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Blue Jackets Prediction Will tonight's Rangers and Blue Jackets matchup be high-scoring for bettors when the two teams clash at 7:30PM ET?
Thumbnail Stars vs. Predators Prediction Will the over cash this evening when the Predators host the Stars at 6:00PM ET?

NHL Team Pages