Things have always been tumultuous when it comes to Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller‘s relationship with her students — and she ran into some serious legal trouble with one of the former stars of the Lifetime hit, Paige Hyland!
The 16-year-old, who stopped taking classes at the Abby Lee Dance Studio in 2014, famously filed a lawsuit against her teacher that same year — but fans have been dying to know the specifics of what really happened between the two. Why did Paige sue Abby?
According to court documents, Abby would allegedly pinch the young girls “until they bled” and got physical while on set.
“Miller even tossed a chair during a confrontation with Paige while [her mother] Kelly Hyland was not present, causing Paige to run from the room terrified as she feared she would be physically injured by Miller,” read the docs.
The infamous instructor was also allegedly “insulted and abused Paige on an almost daily basis, including cruel name calling, insults about Paige’s physical appearance and making offensive false and defamatory accusations about Paige’s family.”
It was also suggested that Abby “is paid to be abusive and bullying to her students.”
Her lawyer, Mike Shapiro, told TMZ at the time, “I’m not looking to make a lot of money off this. I think what Miller has done to the kids is intolerable and has got to stop. It’s the most repugnant case I’ve been involved in after 49 years of practice.”
The case was dismissed in July 2015 by LA Superior Court judge Ruth Ann Kwan on account of insufficient evidence.
This was not the first time Abby found herself entangled in a lawsuit with the Hyland family. A few months prior, Paige’s mother, Kelly, filed a suit against the reality star after a physical altercation, where Kelly claimed the dance teacher was “gnashing her teeth loudly attempting to bite [me].” She also sued the series’ production company — Collins Avenue Entertainment — for defamation of character, emotional distress, negligence, and breach of contract. That case was also dismissed.
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