And you thought the drama was over.
"Dance Moms" fans breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday night following the official end of dance mom Kelly Hyland and Abby Lee Dance Company teacher Abby Lee Miller's explosive fight on the episode "Big Trouble in the Big Apple." Unfortunately for fans who tune into the Lifetime show to watch the series' young dancers and not the momma drama, the co-stars' fight is far from over.
TMZ reported Thursday that Hyland, 42, mother to former ALDC dancers Brooke, 16, and Paige, 13, has filed a lawsuit against Miller following their fight's TV debut. Hyland, who was recently charged with assault following a dance-related scuffle with the ALDC coach in New York in November, is now firing back, asking for a minimum of $5 million in damages and claiming Miller, 47, provoked their altercation.
According to the gossip site, Hyland claims in her suit that she was attempting to leave the scene of the crime, where Miller was "yelling" at her two daughters, but was blocked by Miller from exiting the premises. Hyland then says Miller "started yelling" and "lunging" toward her prior to her attack, which she claims was in self-defense. "[Abby] was gnashing her teeth loudly, attempting to bite [me]," TMZ reports Hyland saying in the lawsuit, adding, "Miller is a very large woman [and] weighs around 300 pounds or so."
"Dance Moms" producers are also reportedly included in the suit, with Hyland suing the unnamed individuals, along with Miller, for a minimum of $5 million in punitive damages. The reality star is citing assault, defamation and breach of contract, claiming that she has not been paid regularly following the altercation in November.
The co-stars last spoke out about the fight on their official Twitter accounts Tuesday night, following the debut of the explosive episode on Lifetime. "I just want to say I'm sorry the children had to go through this," said Miller, adding that the case is now out of her hands and up to the state of New York to fight. Hyland, who did not address the details of the fight on social media, did acknowledge her fans for their kind words, saying, "Thank you for all of your support. It means so much."
"Dance Moms" airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.