Caitlin Sanchez to Sue Nickelodeon
Caitlin Sanchez, the voice of Dora the Explorer is only 14 years old, but is already getting into the swing of celebrity life by filing a lawsuit against Nickelodeon, MTV and Viacom.
Sanchez was 12 when she was hired as the voice of Nickelodeon's hit animated series "Dora the Explorer." She was paid $5,115 per episode and allegedly promised a cut of Dora's lucrative merchandising revenue. Now, after being dismissed from her role because she reached puberty and could no longer provide the right-sounding voice, Sanchez has some questioning the network's practices in hiring minors.
The teen says that she signed an "unconscionable" contract without the advice of an attorney. Instead, Sanchez, her parents and her agent (who is now said to have been inexperienced) were given 22 minutes to sign the deal or lose the "Dora" gig.
The 35-page complaint itself goes into much more intricate detail about what allegedly happened. Reps for the network are said to have made promises that she would reap substantial compensation from merchandising and residuals on the billion-dollar brand. Instead, Nickelodeon allegedly "used convoluted payment deduction clauses and additional free services provisions to underpay Caitlin for her acting and recordings, force her to work hundreds of hours marketing the Dora Brand for free ... and withhold her residual payments and merchandise percentages, all contrary to what she was originally promised."