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TMCnet - Lawsuit between Ross Rebagliati and show has been settled

Blog by | April 30th, 2008

Lawsuit between Ross Rebagliati and show has been settled


(Canadian Press (delayed) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KELOWNA _ A lawsuit between Ross Rebagliati and the makers of the TV show Whistler has been settled.

Rebagliati, who now lives in Kelowna, said Thursday he has accepted an offer to resolve the dispute.

He said it was good to get it over with and he can now get on with his life.

He declined to specify the amount of the settlement.

In his lawsuit, filed in 2006, Rebagliati alleged a key character in the show, named Beck McKaye, was based on him.

McKaye was said to have won an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding, as did Rebagliati, and the character who played him was similar in appearance to Rebagliati.

McKaye was also an unsavoury sort of character, possibly involved in blackmail.

Rebagliati sued the creator of the show, the series' producer, and CTV, the network that aired the program.
Rebagliati won the first gold medal awarded in snowboarding, at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games. He was disqualified when marijuana was found in his system, but the medal was later reinstated.