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A former teenage dancer winner on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” sued her sister and brother-in-law for at least $1 million Tuesday, alleging they misappropriated and hid assets from her while acting as her manager and assaulted and falsely imprisoned her when she complained.

Olivia “Chachi” Gonzales’ Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against Dominique Gonzales Ray and her husband, Clinton Ray, alleges breach of contract and that the defendants put their interests ahead of hers. The suit also seeks a rescission of the plaintiff’s contracts with the Rays, restitution and punitive damages.

The Rays have not paid any money to Gonzales since January, despite her belief that she is owed about $200,000 during that time, the suit states.

A representative for the Rays could not be immediately reached for comment.

Gonzales, now 21, gained fame as a member of the dance crew I.aM.mE, which won the sixth season of MTVs’ “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2011. She has been a backup dancer for Britney Spears and has won industry choreography awards.

A year before she became part of the dance crew, Gonzales, then 14, and her mother created a clothing brand called ChachiMomma, the suit states.

“Plaintiff’s success as a dancer and choreographer elevated her career and financial earning power, which placed her in a position to secure sponsorship deals with a number of well-known brands and companies,” according to her complaint.

Gonzales was 18 years old when she, her sister and brother-in-law signed a contract in January 2014 for the couple to serve as her managers, according to the suit, which says the defendants inserted language into the contract that she did not fully understand.

The Rays also formed two companies, Chachi Gonzales Brands LLC and OCD Mgmt., so they could filter money earned by the plaintiff into the company and then distribute it to themselves, the suit alleges.

Gonzales alleges she was induced to sign a second agreement with the Rays in early 2016. As with the first contract, she was not provided a copy of the agreement, the suit states.

“It wasn’t until early 2017 that plaintiff realized that her sister Dominique and brother-in-law, Clinton, among other misconduct, were charging plaintiff an exorbitant amount of money for talent management services above and beyond the industry standard, misappropriating and hiding assets from her, and acting in their own interests,” the suit alleges.

In March, Gonzales asked to renegotiate the contract, but they refused, according to her court papers. “Instead, they verbally abused plaintiff falsely imprisoned her and assaulted her,” the suit alleges.

The Rays also obtained employment for Gonzales without having a talent agency license, according to the complaint.

–City News Service

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