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NEW YORK, Dec 4, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- A 32-year-old New Jersey woman has filed suit in New York claiming she was injured by a prop during the Broadway musical "The Lion King."

Ilyse Coppola says she was sitting in the balcony of the New Amsterdam Theater with her husband and their two children in December 2000 when an actor carrying a swinging bird on a pole thwacked her in the face, scratching her cornea.

"It was very painful and it upset their evening," her attorney, Mitchell Studley, told Sunday's New York Post. She has since recovered from the injury.

The suit seeks unspecified damages and accuses Disney of "negligent staging" and carelessness, the Post said.

A "Lion King" spokesman reportedly told the Post the case was settled. Coppola returned to the show as a guest of Disney and was given a backstage tour as well as a meeting with the cast, the spokesman said.

Studley, however, said as far as he knew "the case is still open and alive and well."


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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