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Dena Miller Counter Claim filed 6-19-12

Dena Miller Counter Claim filed 6-19-12

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Dena Miller's second amended response/ countersuit to Pamela Martin-Duarte's defamation petition
Dena Miller's second amended response/ countersuit to Pamela Martin-Duarte's defamation petition

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Filed
12
June
19A8:44
Gary
FitzsimmonsDistiictClerkDallasDisbict
NO.DC-12-03659PAMELAMARTIN-DUARTE,Plaintiff,§INTHEDISTRICTCOURTOF§§§§§
§
§§§DALLASCOUNTY,TEXAS.DENAMILLER,BONNIEBLOSSMANMYER,andTERRIHERNANDEZ,Defendants.193RDJUDICIALDISTRICT
SECONDAMENDEDANSWEROFDEFENDANTDENAMILLER
&
ORIGINALCOUNTERCLAIMS
DefendantDenaMiller("Miller")herebyfilesherSecondAmendedAnswertotheThirdAmendedOriginalPetitionofPlaintiffPamelaMartin-Duarte("Duarte")andherOriginalCounterclaims.
MILLERDENIESMAKINGTHESTATEMENTSUPONWHICHDUARTEBASESHERACTIONANDDENIESALLOFTHEALLEGATIONSINPLAINTIFF'STHIRDAMENDEDORIGINALPETITION.SUMMARYOFMILLER'SANSWERANDCOUNTERCLAIMS
Duarteappearsonatelevisionrealityshowcalled
"BigRich
Texas"
("BRT'
and/orthe"Show"),whichfilmsanumberofwomen,allpurportedtobeDallassocialites,astheyinteractattheirhomesandcountryclub.OntheShow,Duartehascalledvariousofhercastmates"adrunk,""afI'%$#!&liar,""asociopath,""aconartist,""apieceofs@#!,"and"ab*!@S,"claimedtheword"c*$!"isacastmate'snickname,opined"thatb*!@Scan'taffordtoopenapaperbag,"toldcastmatesto"fI'%$off'andto"getthefI'%$outofmystate,"andtoldamaletennispro,"keepyourballsinyourpants."Shehasthrownnumeroustempertantrums,suchaswhensheyelled"fI'%$off'atahousewarmingpartyor"fI'%$you"atacocktailparty,and,offtheShow,hasreportedlydirectedvulgaritiestowardviewersandfansviasocialmedia.
SECONDAMENDEDANSWER
&
ORIGINALCOUNTERCLAIMS
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Now,incredibly,aftercursingat,defamingandoffendingnearlyeverycastmember,variousproductioncompanyemployees,andagooddealofthepublic,andafterworkingfor2seasonstoportrayherselfasrepellant,coarse,jealous,commonandjustplainmean,Duarteclaimsinjurytoherreputationatthetonguesandpensofothers,namelycastmateBonnieBlossman,extraTerriHernandezandMiller,whowasoriginallyslatedtobeontheShow.This,despitethefactthatDuartehasbeendescribedpubliclyas"beingamean-spirited,big-mouthed,bullyingwitch,""thebiggesttwo-facedb*!@S,"a"jealousliar,""areptilianb*!@S,"a"disgustingb*!@S,"a"villain,"a"stripper,"a"whore,"andthe"mosttackyandbilepersonevertowalktheplanet."EvenapartfromthefactthatMillerdidnotmakethestatementsinissue,Duarte'sclaimsarebarred.Inherpursuitoffame,Duarteenteredintoacontractwiththe
BRT
producersinwhichsheagreedtogoonarealityshowand,forwhateverreason,allowherselftobefilmedasshebehavedintheaforesaidfashion.Throughhercontract,hercrasson-airperformances,andheroutrageousoff-airbehavior,Duarteexpresslyandimpliedlyassumedtheriskthatshewouldbedefamedandsheconsentedtoallow(indeed,sheinvited)thepublictodescribeherinanymanneritchooses.DuartealsoreleasedanyandallclaimsshemighthaveagainstMillerfordefamationandthelike,andexpresslyagreedthat,intheeventshefailedtohonorherpromisetoassumetherisksoutlinedabove,DuartewouldbeliabletopayallofMiller'sdamages,costsandattorneys'fees.BecauseDuartehasfailedtohonorherpromisesandbecauseheractionsandcontractdemonstratethatshehasassumedtheriskofeverythingofwhichshenowcomplains,Duarte'slawsuitmustbedismissed,judgmentanddamagesenteredagainstherforbreachofcontract,andanorderenteredrequiringDuartetocompensateMillerforallofMiller'scosts,expenses,damagesandattorneys'fees.
SECONDAMENDEDANSWER
&
ORIGINAL
COUNTERCLAIMS
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FACTUALBACKGROUND
1.Millerwasslatedtoappearonthetelevisionshow
BRT,
whichwasoriginallyproducedbyAllisonGrodnerProductions,Inc.Tothatend,shesignedaTalentAgreement(the"Miller
BRT
Agreement")withAllisonGrodnerProductions,Inc.,datedOctober10,2010.2.FlyontheWallEntertainmenthassteppedintotheshoesofAllisonGrodnerProductions,Inc.withregardtoallcontractsinissueinthismatter.AllisonGrodnerProductions,Inc.andFlyontheWallEntertainmentarethereforereferredtocollectivelyas"theProductionCompany."3.UnderthetermsoftheMiller
BRT
Agreement,MillerqualifiesasanemployeeoftheProductionCompany,acastmemberand"otheron-cameratalent."TheMiller
BRT
AgreementhasbeenineffectatalltimessinceOctober10,2010.4.Duarte,too,signedaTalentAgreement(the"Duarte
BRT
Agreement")withtheProductionCompany.UnderthetermsoftheDuarte
BRT
Agreement,Duartequalifiesasan"employee"oftheProductionCompany,acastmemberand"otheron-cameratalent."5.PursuanttotheDuarte
BRT
Agreement,DuarteassumedtheriskthatpersonsrelatedtotheShowandmembersofthepublicwoulddefameher.Specifically,she"voluntarilyandknowinglydecidedtoparticipateintheProgramwithfullknowledge,appreciationandunderstandingofthepersonalrisksinvolved,"includingtherisksthatviewersandotherswouldpubliclycommentonherinanunfavorablemanner,thattheywouldinvestigateherbackground,thattheywouldpublishstatementsregardingherpast,andthattheywouldpublishfalsehoodsaboutherandherpast.PursuanttotheDuarte
BRT
Agreement,Duartealsospecificallyassumedtheriskthatherparticipationwith
BRT
mightinvolve"opinionsand/orstatementsabout,orconductaffecting,[Duarte]madebyorengagedinbyotherparticipantsorotherpeopleconnectedwiththeProgram...and
thatsomeoftheseopinions,conductand/orstatementsmay
SECONDAMENDEDANSWER
&
ORIGINALCOUNTERCLAIMS
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