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Cable Network Free to Show Parts of Film About Hilary Foretich With AM-Scotus Rdp, Bjt

October 1, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ As a result of Supreme Court action Monday, a cable network is free to rebroadcast any part of a television documentary about the internationally publicized custody battle over little Hilary Foretich.

The court left intact a ruling that said it would be unlawful censorship to keep off the air a four-minute portion of the telecast dealing with alleged sex abuse.

Hilary, 8, was sent into hiding by her mother, Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, after a judge said the girl’s father, Dr. Eric Foretich, must be granted unsupervised visits with his daughter.

Morgan spent two years in jail for refusing to obey the judge’s order and was freed only after Congress passed a law that limited her incarceration.

It was revealed last March that Hilary was living in New Zealand under an assumed identity to avoid the visits with her father.

The British Broadcasting Co. produced a documentary about the case, entitled ″Hilary in Hiding,′ that chronicled the girl’s odyssey with her maternal grandparents from northern Virginia to England and then New Zealand.

The documentary shows Hilary, then 4, talking to her mother in a therapy session in which the child demonstrates with a doll alleged sex abuse by her father. He repeatedly has denied abusing his daughter.

A lawyer representing Hilary sought to have banned any rebroadcast of that four-minute segment.

The film was shown in the United States several times last April 6 on the Lifetime Cable network.

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