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FALSE CLAIMS MADE AGAINST AMERICA'S SWEETHEART, DOROTHY HAMILL

 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Dorothy Hamill's new company, Dorothy Hamill International (DHI), is dedicated to having the finest skating company in the world, and already tens of thousands of fans have lauded Dorothy's vision for the future of quality family entertainment. In an extremely competitive market, only real excellence can survive. In trying to achieve the necessary standard of excellence, Dorothy Hamill's new ice skating company has fallen victim to misleading statements and incorrect facts related to the business practices of her new skating production, "Cinderella...Frozen In Time" according to the newly formed management team at DHI.
 These accusations have been fueled by anonymous faxes and by syndicated television news magazine "American Journal." In June 1993, Hamill purchased the bankrupt 54-year-old trademark name Ice Capades and certain assets. There is confusion as to the relationship between the former employees of the defunct company and DHI.
 The American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) union, which is determined to find fault in Dorothy Hamill's new company, fails to consider the following relevant information:
 -- On June 7, 1993, the state of Delaware courts liquidated International Broadcasting Corp. (IBC) including the former Ice Capades Company and in doing so, terminated all obligations to unsecured creditors and employees of the former Ice Capades. Neither Dorothy Hamill nor her company were in any way involved in that transaction.
 -- The assets of the defunct Ice Capades, including the trademark name, were conveyed by the court to the major creditor, National Westminster Bank, which then sold the assets to Dorothy Hamill International, Inc. on June 24, 1993.
 -- Dorothy Hamill, with husband Ken Forsythe and businessman Ben Tisdale, purchased the Ice Capades TRADEMARK NAME from major creditor National Westminster Bank on June 24, 1993.
 -- The bankruptcy proceedings specifically stated that Dorothy Hamill International had no obligation to any former employees of IBC.
 -- DHI held auditions in August `93 and only the best skaters were chosen for the new ice company -- THESE SELECTIONS WERE BASED SOLELY ON SKATING ABILITY.
 -- DHI pays its skaters much more than the bankrupt Ice Capades; has worker's compensation benefits and an upgraded medical plan far superior to the former Ice Capades.
 -- Unlike the former Ice Capades, DHI also pays for the skaters' hotel rooms and provides training apparel and other benefits to its skaters.
 -- The new Ice Capades has opened to rave reviews in each city it has toured since its debut last month.
 -0- 10/28/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Briggs, chief operating officer, 602-996-1976, of Dorothy Hamill International/


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