The 14-year-old girl who voiced Dora the Explorer has dropped her multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Nickelodeon, MTV Networks and Viacom.
“After discussions, the lawsuit was withdrawn,” stated John Balestriere, the attorney for Caitlin Sanchez, on Friday.
She had been let go because her voice had changed.
Balestriere refused to divulge the reason why the lawsuit was dropped, but indicated some agreement was made outside of court.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Nickelodeon, David Bittler, said: “We have always felt, and continue to feel, that Caitlin is a very talented performer. Our intention was always that Caitlin complete the episodes on which she worked and we are pleased that she has concurred to do so.”
Sanchez launched her suit in October, claiming she was forcefully persuaded to sign an “unconscionable” contract, having been given only 22 minutes to decide whether she and her parents should sign a deal to voice the animated character.
She was 12 at the time and, according to court documents, was paid $5,115 US per episode.
In addition, Sanchez stated the network had promised her a cut from merchandising and residuals, which she never got, and was underpaid for her hundreds of hours of promotional work.
At the time the lawsuit was launched, Nickelodeon called her allegations “baseless.” The network released a statement saying that “Caitlin’s voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character…She was well compensated for her work and for personal appearances.”
In the series, Dora is a bilingual adventurer. The character is a global brand that attracts millions of children through dolls, clothes, touring shows, DVDs and other merchandising and events.
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