Abby Lee Miller is victorious once again. Following her lawsuit win against her former “Dance Moms” co-star Kelly Hyland in November 2014, Miller has won another battle in the court room.
Deadline is reporting that L.A. Superior Court Judge Ruth Kwan dismissed Hyland’s daughter Paige’s assault claims against Miller on Thursday. In October 2014, Paige, then 13, filed a lawsuit against Miller claiming she suffered abuse at the hands of the Pittsburgh-based dance coach during her stint on the Lifetime reality show.
In her original complaint, Paige claimed to suffer “panic attacks and extreme anxiety" at the hands of Miller, citing one event featured on the show when she tossed a chair in her direction. The judge reportedly dismissed Paige’s complaint after watching “relevant footage” from the Lifetime reality series and “saw no evidence that Miller was the perpetrator of an attack."
“Miller even tossed a chair during a confrontation with Paige while Kelly Hyland was not present, causing Paige to run from the room terrified as she feared she would be physically injured by Miller,” reads Paige’s original complaint. The scene in question was featured on Season 2 of the program in 2012.
While the judge didn’t deny Miller threw a chair near Paige on the show, she “didn’t believe the young dancer was afraid of the TV coach,” reports the site. Paige and her mother’s decision to stay on the series for one year following the incident reportedly played a hand in the lawsuit dismissal.
Paige’s lawsuit loss comes several months after Hyland’s emotional distress suit against Miller and the program’s production company, Collins Avenue Entertainment, were tossed by Jude Kwan. Hyland announced she was suing the “Dance Moms” star for $5 million for defamation and assault in February 2014 after a scuffle, which resulted in Hyland being arrested and charged with assault, was featured on a Season 4 episode of the program.
Hyland is reportedly moving forward with her breach-of-contract claims filed against Collins Avenue Entertainment.
"Dance Moms" is currently in its fifth season. New episodes air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Lifetime.