Former ESPN sports commentator and broadcaster Jill Stein says she has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, The Walt Disney Company.
Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, accuses the Walt Disney Co. of taking money from her family to support a failed company, the Sports Business Journal reported.
Steins lawsuit says the company has used its wealth to fund a failed sports network called ESPN.
Stein said she was told in 2015 that Walt Disney was going to use the network’s earnings to fund The Walt’s vision for a global sports empire.
Steinstock claims that her former employers used the network as a tool to fund their vision for the sports empire, according to the report.
Steines attorney, Alan Dye, said in a statement that the company is “disappointed” by the lawsuit and is considering a response.
The lawsuit also says the lawsuit is “politically motivated” and “false.”
“The Disney/ESPN merger was a mistake and it has cost Jill Stein dearly,” Dye said in the statement.
“We hope the court will allow Jill Stein to pursue justice against The Walt for her wrongful claim of ownership of ESPN.”ESPN, meanwhile, said it is committed to maintaining the integrity of its news, entertainment and community programming.
The Sports Business Journo-Advisor and other media outlets reported that the Walt’s ESPN unit was bought out in 2016 for $6.5 billion, with Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger serving as the CEO.
Stein’s lawsuit said the company was purchased for a price of $4.4 billion in 2018, after a $1 billion deal in 2020.
In 2016, Disney purchased ABC’s sports network ESPN2 for $4 billion.
The deal included an agreement to make Disney-owned channels ABC and ESPN available on Disney platforms.