Caitlin Sanchez, the voice of Dora the Explorer, has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Nickelodeon that claims that she didn't receive her promised cut of Dora revenue.
"Caitlin traveled around the U.S., promoting the Dora Brand, and making over one hundred interview personal appearances... Defendants have never compensated her for her promotional work," the 35-page lawsuit states.
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Sanchez was recently fired as the star of the animated program. "Caitlin's voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role," the network said in a statement.
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The 14-year-old also claims that the talent contract she and her parents signed two years ago was under extreme pressure and without the advice of an attorney. "[They] were forced to sign the fourteen page convoluted and complicated Initial Nickelodeon Contract in less than twenty-two minutes," the lawsuit claims.
In response to the suit, Nickelodeon says that the claims being made are baseless. "Caitlin's contract was extensively negotiated through her agent and in compliance with her union," the network said in the same statement. "She was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances."