Lawyers representing the Lifetime show Dance Moms are annihilating former cast member Kelly Hyland and her lawsuit against the popular program.
Hyland claims she is just an "unsophisticated woman from rural Pennsylvania” who did not know when she signed her contract that it barred her from suing.
However, a lawyer for Collins Avenue Entertainment LLC said she is exactly the opposite, a “savvy” woman understood exactly what deal she signed.
If you watch Dance Moms online, you know Hyland is suing the show and its main star, Lee Miller, the dance studio shot-caller and show matriarch.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Ruth Kwan stated she was inclined to toss out Hyland’s claim that Miller defamed her in the aftermath of an episode last year.
Defense attorneys filed a motion to dismiss the case under California’s anti-SLAPP law protecting free speech. But attorneys representing Hyland argued otherwise.
They claim their clients were not properly compensated and that the contract between them and the series was unfairly slanted in favor of the production company.
Attorney Kelli Sager, on behalf of Collins, said Hyland was paid for every episode on which she appeared, and that simply, "is the deal she signed.”
“She’s just unhappy she was not on every week,” Sager said.
Sager said Hyland is “very sophisticated and savvy” and that the Hylands are “not a poor, rural Appalachian family” as they claim in their lawsuit.
Kelly Hyland, on behalf of herself and her daughters, sued Collins and Miller in February, alleging that Abby Lee Miller is a bully and Lifetime encourages it.
During a confrontation (below), her attorneys say that Miller “repeatedly lunged toward Kelly, gnashing her teeth and loudly attempting to bite Kelly.”
Then, according to the filing, Hyland “in self-defense, slapped Miller and pulled Miller’s head away from her to avoid being bitten.” Is she telling the truth?
See the scuffle for yourself above.