Not many people watch Lifetime’s series Dance Moms for the actual dancing — they watch it for the drama. But even viewers accustomed to screaming matches, tears, and long-held grudges were shocked when Kelly Hyland, mother of Paige and Brooke Hyland, grew so enraged over the suggestion that her daughters be replaced with other dancers during a November 2013 competition that the moment turned violent. Screaming between Hyland and Abby Lee Miller, dance instructor and owner of the Abby Lee Miller Dance Company, grew into a match of slapping and hair-pulling.
Watch the fight between Hyland and Miller in the video below.
The charges against Hyland were dropped on Thursday by a judge at the Bronx Supreme Court. Hyland will be dismissed of all charges, the New York Daily News reports, as long as she completes two mandatory days of counseling and agrees to stay away from Abby Lee Miller for six months.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hyland’s attorney, Steven Goldstein, expressed satisfaction over the ruling.
“This was a case that with any other person would have been resolved on the second hearing with the same exact outcome,” Goldstein said. “They did not treat her like they would everyone else. She was put through the wringer because of who she is.”
He added, “As her lawyer, I thought it was a very good outcome. You are walking out of criminal court with a dismissal. She is obviously happy that it is over.”
It may be a stretch for Hyland’s lawyer to claim that “it is over,” however, because Thursday will not be the only date Hyland and Abby Lee Miller face-off in court.
In August of 2014, a judge said he would probably dismiss the $5 million lawsuit Hyland filed against Miller, as well as Collins Avenue Entertainment. Hyland’s older daughter, Paige, 13, has an emotional distress lawsuit out against Abby Lee Miller.
But as for the charges related to the physical altercation between Kelly Hyland and Abby Lee Miller, beyond a compliance hearing for Hyland scheduled on June 5, that part of the Dance Mom drama is over.
“It’s a good result for her. She has no criminal record before this,” Goldstein noted of Kelly Hyland. “No convictions of any kind prior. The terms are easy which reflects the nature of the type of case. Hopefully she can move on and be a mother and live happily ever after.”
Move on? Considering Hyland’s love for drama and her ability to hold grudges — not to mention at least two more court appearances — that seems unlikely. But Dance Moms wouldn’t be Dance Moms if it weren’t filled with heated exchanges and overwrought emotional drama.
Read more about the lawsuit filed by daughter and dancer Paige Hyland against Abby Lee Miller here.
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