Miley Cyrus has recently become involved in a new lawsuit, this time over a dog belonging to her sister, which has been accused of attacking a model and subsequently ruining her career. The documents were filed in the late afternoon of October 8th, 2014. The attack itself is said to have occurred almost two years ago.
Yolande Ngom, who lives in the same building as Cyrus’ sister Brandi (which in turn is owned by Smiley Miley Inc., a company belonging to Cyrus herself), says the alleged attack went down outside the Los Angeles apartment building after one of singer’s employees failed to keep a handle on the dog. The model goes on to claim that the dog’s bite was unprovoked and unexpected, and says its handler did little to nothing to try to rectify the situation. The dog, who goes by the name of Feather, is said to have bitten into her right thigh, tearing it open and causing substantial injuries. Ngom says the attack left her so badly scarred, she will never be able to find work as a model again. She is suing the Cyrus family’s company for lost wages and medical bills, among other things.
This is not the first altercation with the law Cyrus has been involved in over the past few months. At the end of September, the Tennessee native triggered a criminal investigation in Monterrey, Mexico, after one of her dancers used the country’s flag in what they felt was an extremely offensive manner. In Mexico, tampering with or disrespecting the country’s flag (or national symbol of any kind) in any manner is considered a criminal offense, one which carries both a 36-hour jail sentence and a $1200 fine. Authorities in the state of Nuevo Leon, where the concert took place, reportedly wanted Cyrus prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of her celebrity status. The fact that the incident took place on the same day the country’s residents were celebrating their 204th year of independence did not help matters. News of the investigation made its way back to Cyrus, who chose not to initiate the same action with the flag on her next concert, which took place the following day. Cyrus did not end up being charged for the offense.
The flag incident was also not the first time Cyrus has found herself in hot water with Latin American officials when it comes to her on-stage behavior. Just a few days prior to the upset in Monterrey, the Wrecking Ball singer was forced to cancel her upcoming concert in the Dominican Republic after public events regulators made the move to ban her from performing in the nation at all. They gave the statement that her performance antics violated their views of morality, and therefore they would not allow their citizens to be present to such a performance. The concert was set to take place in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic and the nation’s largest city.
It remains to be seen what will become of the recent lawsuit regarding Yolande Ngom’s claims that she was attacked by the dog of Miley Cyrus’s sister. Neither the singer nor her representatives have yet given any statement on the matter.
By Rebecca Grace