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Davis sues Salvation Army for canceling her speech

NEW YORK (AP) — Patti Davis, daughter of the late President Ronald Reagan, has filed a lawsuit charging that the Salvation Army canceled her speech planned for one of their events because she supports stem-cell research.

Davis was scheduled through her booking agent, Greater Talent Network, to speak at a Salvation Army event in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Nov. 19 for a fee of $15,000, said her lawyer, Lawrence Fabian.

Fabian said officials at the religious charity recently told his clients they no longer wanted Davis as a speaker, and they would pay neither the $15,000 speaking fee nor the $7,500 cancellation fee called for by the contract.

In canceling the speech, the Salvation Army cited Davis' support for stem-cell research and said the science is against its beliefs, according to court papers.