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phanatic Phillie Phanatic Sued by Elderly Central Pa. Woman

by KYW’s John McDevitt

The Phillie Phanatic is being sued by an elderly Berks County, Pa. woman who claims the team mascot injured her at a 2008 minor league baseball game.

Grace Crass, 75, of western Berks County, is seeking $50,000 in damages, claiming her knees were injured when the Phillie Phanatic climbed through the stands and onto her legs at a 2008 Reading Phillies game.

She claims her arthritis was aggravated. The woman was at the game with her church group.

The defendants in the suit are Thomas Burgoyne (who plays the Phanatic), the Philadelphia Phillies, and the Reading Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies were declining to comment on the lawsuit.

(File photo)

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