January 28, 2012 03:00 PM by Ashley Lee
Toddlers & Tiaras mom Susanna Barrett has filed a $30 million lawsuit against various media companies, saying they’ve attempted to sexualize her 5-year-old daughter, Isabella, by posting a video of her dancing online. Read on for the details on the suit, including the crazy claims that this stage mom is making against TMZ, The Huffington Post, and London’s Daily Mail!
The parent companies of TMZ, The Huffington Post, and London’s Daily Mail are being sued by Susanna Barrett for their allegedly “brazen attempts to sexualize” Isabella, according to court documents obtained by E! News. She claims that these sites posted a video of her daughter singing along to LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It,” complete with exaggerated and defamatory descriptions.
“After this firestorm, I quickly protected my daughter by having cease and desist orders sent to most media outlets that ran the story,” Barrett told CNN. “I intend to clear my daughter’s name.”
However, are they true? TMZ reported that Barrett commented, “That’s a real catchy song,” to one of their camera guys a few days after the video was first posted.
“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,’” Barrett’s complaint states. “She did not understand the concept of sex, let alone ‘sex appeal’ and could not have been singing about her own sex appeal…On the contrary, it is the defendants who, through their articles, have thrust these false and vulgar characteristics on to Isabella.”
Isabella’s mother is demanding $30 million because she claims that her daughter is now “perceived sexually, erotically and pornographically” because the articles “have placed Isabella in serious physical danger, attracting the attention of others who would seek to sexualize a child.”
What do you think of Susanna’s lawsuit? Is she right to protect her daughter from the media, or is it her fault for letting her daughter dance to LMFAO’s song?
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