13-Year-Old Dancer Paige Hyland Sues Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms For Assault
A 13-year-old dancer is suing “Dance Moms” star Abby Lee Miller for assault. As Gossip Cop reported, Miller’s tough tactics on the Lifetime reality show have caused controversy in the past. Now participant Paige Hyland says in a lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week, that she was in constant fear that Miller would harm her after watching the dance teacher engage in allegedly aggressive and violent behavior.
The suit claims the teen “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 Paige’s mother, who has already filed her own $5 million lawsuit against Miller on behalf of herself, Paige, and another daughter, Brooke, alleging breach of contract, assault, defamation, and emotional distress.
The new legal papers for Paige’s lawsuit — handled by the same attorneys — further allege, “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.” There are additional allegations of Miller making Paige and her fellow dancers cry, then berating them for doing so, insulting their physical appearances, and working them 60 hours a week “for the sake of drama during the show.”
“Miller is paid to be abusive and bullying to her students and provoke arguments with the mothers in front of the children,” argues the complaint. Paige, who says she now suffers from panic attacks and is being treated for anxiety, is seeking civil penalties, as well as economic, punitive, and special damages in excess of $25,000. The lawsuit was first reported by TMZ.