A mother one of the girls featured in “Toddlers & Tiaras” has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against TMZ.com, The Huffington Post and London’s Daily Mail, blaming them for sexualizing her daughter, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
Susanna Barrett, mother of “Toddlers & Tiaras” star Isabella, states in the lawsuit that the outlets delivered “vulgar” reports about her daughter’s recorded performance of the LMFAO song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” and she is now suing for $30 million to prove her point. The video features Isabella singing in a pink tutu while in a deejay booth.
Susanna states in the lawsuit that the online articles “brazenly attempt to sexualize” Barrett by “claiming she was gyrating in a nightclub and singing about her sex appeal,” after being pressured by her mother to perform. She states that the girl was actually sitting down during the taping, and the person seen encouraging the child on the tape was a disc jockey and not her.
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“Isabella Barrett did not act or portray herself sexually, erotically or provocatively; she was not ‘gyrating’ at a ‘nightclub’ or singing ‘about her sex appeal,’” she claims. She notes that instead, “it is the defendants who, through their articles, have thrust these false and vulgar characteristics on to Isabella.”
The report says that “As a result, Isabella is now perceived sexually, erotically and pornographically,” and the articles “have placed Isabella in serious physical danger, attracting the attention of others who would seek to sexualize a child.”
The articles have subsequently caused Isabella to lose a TV contract as well as money to fund her jewelry line, according to the lawsuit.