NEW YORK (WPIX)—Her voice is known by millions of children around the world, but now the teen behind the cartoon character "Dora the Explorer" is claiming she was duped out of millions.
According to the New York Daily News, attorneys for 14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez say the teen and her parents were swindled by Nickelodeon producers into signing a contract described as "convoluted" and "inscrutable."
Caitlin's parents, Hilda and Kevin Sanchez, say they were pressured by producers into signing a 14-page contract without a lawyer present, the suit reportedly claims.
The suit, which names Nickelodeon, MTV Networks and Viacom International as defendants, alleges that the Sanchez family had a mere 22-minutes to review the contract they eventually signed that promised a then-12-year-old Caitlin $5,115 per episode and compensation in residuals and merchandising.
As the success of "Dora" exploded bringing in millions of dollars in profits from the Nickelodeon program and branded products, Balestiere said producers capitalized on the teen and didn't properly compensate her for her work.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Viacom, Michael Fricklas told the News the suit comes to no surprise.
"We knew this was coming," he told the News Wednesday. "It is completely without merit."