The girl who has voiced Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” for years is now suing the producers of the show for allegedly cheating her of millions of dollars.
Lawyers for Caitlin Sanchez, 14, claim that she and her parents were tricked into signing an “unconscionable” contract that prevented Sanchez from receiving compensation for hundreds of hours of recording sessions.
The paperwork alleges that Sanchez was exploited out of millions of dollars since she began voicing the character in 2007.
Per the contract, Caitlin was promised only $5,115 per episode and compensation in residuals and merchandising, in addition to a stringent promotional schedule with a pitiful travel stipend of $40 a day.
“I’ve never seen as convoluted and inscrutable contract as I’ve seen here,” says attorney John Balestriere, who represents The Sanchez Family in their suit. “Defendants used Caitlin, unjustly enriching themselves of millions of dollars in profits from the series and branded products, which Caitlin performed and promoted.”
Nickelodeon, MTV Networks, and Viacom International are named as defendants in the Sanchez suit.