'Dora the Explorer' voice actress sues Nickelodeon
Dora the Explorer is now exploring legal options after the 14-year-old voice actress who used to bring the character to life has sued Nickelodeon. Apparently she's been feeling that she was Dora the Exploited since taking over duties in 2007.
Caitlin Sanchez and her parents filed the suit, saying they were pressured into signing an overly complex contract in 22 minutes without the help of a lawyer, the New York Daily News reports. They also say that since Dora is a multimillion-dollar industry, little Caitlin was underpaid, reaping only a $40 per day travel stipend to promote the show. The New Jersey-born Sanchez reportedly had signed a contract for $5,115 per episode and a portion of residuals and merchandising, but is claiming she was cheated out of millions.
"The claims being made are baseless," the network said in a statement. "Unfortunately, Caitlin’s voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role. Caitlin’s contract was extensively negotiated through her agent and in compliance with her union. She was well-compensated for her work and for personal appearances." If we were really crass, we could make an underpaid Latina joke here, but we'll leave that to Stephen Colbert.
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