She won the 2007 NBC contest “Grease: You’re the One That I Want!” launching a career as a two-time Tony-nominated Broadway leading lady who starred in “Cinderella,” “South Pacific,” “Anything Goes” and more.

But the successful 15-year run crashed last year when the New York Post ran a story with the headline: “Broadway superstar Laura Osnes fired from show for not being vaccinated.”

Osnes said that story was wrong on several key points, saying she was never fired and no cast members urged her to get vaccinated. She’s suing for defamation. A New York Post lawyer declined to comment to The Tennessean but confirmed the newspaper has filed a motion to dismiss Osnes’ lawsuit.

Osnes also said the story unleashed “a firestorm of hatred” that left her sobbing on the floor and her “canceled” by Broadway producers.

“If my experience wasn’t considered being canceled from Broadway, I don’t know what would be,” she said. “The fact that we live in a society of ‘cancel culture’ that seeks to call people out and tear them down without a glimmer of humanity or attempting to understand their point of view is disheartening.”

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