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Court Rejects Redgrave Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned back an appeal by British actress Vanessa Redgrave, refusing to hear her suit against the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Redgrave, who is a strong supporter of the Palestine Liberation Organization, sued the orchestra after it canceled her contract in 1982 to narrate Igor Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex” in Boston and New York.

The orchestra canceled her appearances after it received threats that the performances would be disrupted by opponents of her support of the PLO.

A federal appeals court in Boston ruled in August that Redgrave could collect $27,000 for her contract plus $12,000 in damages. But the court rejected her argument that she was entitled to higher damages under a Massachusetts civil rights law.