In a complaint filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Paige Hyland, 13, alleges that Miller, who runs the Abby Lee Dance Co., “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.”
Hyland also noted that she has panic attacks and suffers anxiety from appearing on the Lifetime network show about the competitive youth dance company.
The dance student alleges in her lawsuit that she suffered emotional abuse and feared Miller would hurt her, citing Miller’s violent outbursts that included tossing a chair across a room in a fit of anger.
Hyland, who is under contract with the show, which has completed its fourth season, along with her mother Kelly and sister Brooke, also says in her petition that she has been undergoing treatment for the alleged mental abuse.
“Paige Hyland reasonably feared she would be physically injured because she had observed Miller physically batter other people on the show including physically pushing [mother] Kelly Hyland s face, pinching another student until she bled and violently grabbing another student by the arm,” the lawsuit continued.
The suit further claims that the show’s producers allowed the violent atmosphere of the dance rehearsals to continue because it made the show more entertaining.
“All of this was a part of a deliberate scheme by the producers to generate interest in the television show and strong ratings when each episode airs,” the documents state.
The lawsuit, first reported by Deadline.com, seeks a jury trial and a monetary award for “exemplary and punitive damages.”
Reps for both Lifetime and Abby Lee Miller declined to comment.
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