Former "Riverdance" star Michael Flatley can proceed with a $100 million extortion and defamation lawsuit against Tyna Marie Robertson who falsely claimed he raped her in Las Vegas. Flatley won an Illinois State Supreme Court ruling that he is allowed to sue and the case can proceed to trial.
According to court papers, the 48-year old dancer received a letter from Robertson's attorney D. Dean Mauro in January 2003 alleging that Flatley had raped Robertson the previous year in a Las Vegas hotel, where Flatley was appearing in a show.
Court papers state that Mauro threatened in the letter, and later during phone calls, that he would file a sexual assault lawsuit unless Flatley agreed to a "seven figures settlement." Police declined to press criminal charges and Flatley said the sex was consensual.