She’s already part of one lawsuit against Abby Lee Miller, and today Paige Hyland blasted the reality TV host with a brand-new complaint. The teenage participant in Lifetime’s Dance Moms filed an assault suit against Miller in LA Superior Court on Tuesday and, as one would expect of such an action, it does not paint a pretty picture.
“Defendant Miller intentionally engaged in conduct that caused Plaintiff Paige Hyland to reasonably believe that she was about to be touched or harmed in an offensive manner,” says the complaint (read it here), which seeks a variety of unspecified “economic and special damages according to proof at trial” of more than $25,000. “Paige Hyland reasonably feared she would be physically injured because she had observed Miller physically batter other people on the show including physically pushing Kelly Hyland’s face, pinching another student until she bled and violently grabbing another student by the arm.” Kelly Hyland is the plaintiff’s mother.
“Miller even tossed a chair during a confrontation with Paige, while Kelly Hyland was not present, causing Paige to run from the room terrified as she feared she would be physically injured by Miller,” today’s filing from the 13-year-old details.
Perhaps anticipating the future, today’s complaint comes as LA Superior Court Judge Ruth Kwan is still pondering whether she will trim the defamation, emotional distress and breach-of-contract claims that Paige, her mother and her sister Brooke already have taken to court. The Hylands filed a $5 million complaint against Miller and producers Collins Street Entertainment in February. That action, which also includes an assault claim, erupted out of a November 22, 2013, clash between Miller and Kelly Hyland over the “bullying and insulting” way the former was treating Paige and Brooke on Lifetime’s Dance Moms. With the younger Hylands looking on, the two women screamed at each other with Miller lunging forward and Hyland slapping her. The incident was shown on the long-running series earlier this year (watch the clip below).
While Collins Avenue is not named in this suit, their role in Miller’s antics is certainly more than hinted at. “Miller is paid to be abusive and bullying to her students and provoke arguments with the mothers in front of the children,” adds the 6-page complaint.
LA’s Michael Shapiro and San Marcos’ Marcus Jackson are representing Paige Hyland as they are in the other complaint with her Mother and sister.
Here’s the “Kelly Attacks!” clip from Dance Moms: