The 2008 winner of “Grease: You’re the One That I Want!” Laura Osnes has had an impressive career on Broadway, but in August 2021, Page Six reported that the actor had been fired from a production of “Crazy For You” after refusing to vaccinate herself against Covid-19. According to the outlet, the theater required the performers and staff to be vaccinated, but Osnes allegedly didn’t comply. “We’re sorry not to have Laura on this, [and] we will look forward to working with Laura again,” Josh Gladstone, the theatre’s artistic director, told Page Six.
Osnes refuted the claim that she was fired. Taking to Instagram, she clarified that she had made the choice to withdraw since she wasn’t vaccinated at the time, per People. A year later, she hit The Post with a defamation lawsuit. “In filing this complaint, we are aiming to hold The Post accountable as the repercussions of this reckless, false reporting have been, and continue to be, life-altering. I never want another person to go through this kind of experience,” Osnes said in a statement.
In response, The Post and two of its reporters motioned for dismissal of the suit, per Broadway World. Since The New York Post is protected by an anti-SLAPP law that protects it against lawsuits brought on by public participation, the requirement would be that Osnes proved the article was published with malice in order to win the case.