Grandma who claims she was arrested at the Disney World Magic Kingdom for having CBD oil in her bag comes with her threat to sue … for a huge payday.
Civil Rights Advocate Ben Crump brought an action against Disney, the Orlando Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on behalf of Hester Burkhalter. The 69-year-old grandmother in North Carolina claims that she was brushed by Mouse House security for carrying a bottle of CBD oil.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Hester says she was arrested and detained by police at Disney World in April 2019 – although she claims that the CBD oil was for medical purposes only related to her arthritis and did not contain THC.
Grandma says she was cuffed in front of her 8 and 10-year-old grandchildren, and says the whole ordeal was traumatic for the little ones.
In the documents, grandmother says that she panicked while she was placed in the back of a police car and started vomiting, but was denied medical care and subjected to a miserable 15-hour trial. Hester says she became more humiliated because police allegedly made her strip down to jail for a cavity search.
Prosecutors did not pursue the charges and closed the case against her – Hester claims that police even tested the CBD oil and found no trace of THC – but she says she is applying that she still feels traumatized.
In her lawsuit, Hester claims assault and battery, false arrest and imprisonment, slander, anxiety, and more … and she wants more than $ 18 million in damages plus additional damages to her husband and other family members.