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Martha Hart to sue WWE

6/22/2010

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The widow of a World Wrestling
Entertainment performer who died in a 1999 stunt says she's suing
the Connecticut-based company and its leaders, including Republican
U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon.

Martha Hart says McMahon and her husband, Vince, kept using Owen
Hart's image to promote the business despite agreeing to stop after
his death. Linda McMahon stepped down as WWE chief executive to run
for Senate. Vince McMahon is the current chairman.

Hart plans to file her lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford.

Owen Hart died when he fell 78 feet from a harness as it lowered
him into a ring in Kansas City, Mo. His family settled a wrongful
death lawsuit in 2000 against the WWE for $18 million.

A WWE spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message. A McMahon campaign spokesman said he could not immediately comment.