According to this Hollywood Reporter article, Deanne McDonald began working as a nanny for Adam Sandler in 2009. When McDonald’s employment with the actor ended, the parties reached an $80,000 settlement of any claims. McDonald agreed to a confidential provision as part of the settlement.
Last year, McDonald threatened suit against Sandler. Arguing that this was in violation of the agreement between he and his former employee, Sandler took McDonald to private arbitration. Accusations that the actor participated in slavery and criminal activity ensued.
An arbitrator found that McDonald was in violation of the settlement agreement and ordered that she give Sandler the money back. A trial judge later ruled in Sandler’s favor and McDonald appealed.
In addition to ruling in Sandler’s favor, an appeals court also found that the arbitrator was just in issuing an injunction preventing McDonald from filing suit against Sandler.
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