14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez—who began voicing the popular Nickelodeon cartoon character, Dora the Explorer in 2007—is claiming that the show’s producers ripped her off for millions of dollars. Now, the feud between Nickelodeon and former Dora the Explorer actress is getting, as Dora would say, peligroso!
Caitlin’s lawyer, John Balestriere, told the The New York Daily News on Wednesday night, "I've never seen as convoluted and inscrutable a contract as I've seen here.” He added that Caitlin was cheated out of "millions, perhaps tens of millions." Caitlin and her parents, Hilda and Kevin Sanchez named Nickelodeon, MTV Networks and Viacom International as defendants in a lawsuit they filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Nickelodeon spokesperson, David Bittler responded to Sanchez's allegations in an emailed statement to Latina.com: "The claims being made are baseless. She was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances. We have enjoyed working with Caitlin on Dora the Explorer these past three years, and we did in fact offer her a contract for other work with us."
According to PerezHilton.com, Balestriere is now threatening to book his teenage client on talk shows so that she can humiliate the network by exposing some unflattering secrets about Nickelodeon. "We're in the right here and are simply focusing now on pushing the case forward and are ready to fight however long we need to," Balestriere declared.
Nickelodeon fired back with this statement:"The threats made to us by the lawyer are not only totally inappropriate, but it truly saddens us that he would try to use a 14-year-old girl to gain what he believes would be some sort of advantage. Our company prides itself on its honesty and integrity and has nothing to hide. Intimidation tactics will not help in the resolution of this dispute."