Anna "Chickadee" Cardwell, eldest child of the "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" reality TV clan, is suing her mother, "Mama June" Shannon, over what she says are payments due her from the show, which TLC canceled in October after four seasons.
People magazine said Thursday Cardwell, 20, filed a lawsuit Monday against Shannon and Honey Boo Boo LLC, claiming that $201,000 for herself and nearly $100,000 for her 2-year-old daughter Kaitlyn was not placed in a trust for them as planned.
"Unfortunately, despite contractual requirements to do so, none of the Defendants have provided Anna and Kaitlyn with the full compensation and consideration they were contractually promised for their participation in 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,' " reads the lawsuit, according to a partial transcript from "Entertainment Tonight." "Despite continuous requests for information and documents . . . to discover how much money is owed to Plaintiffs . . . Defendants have continued to deny Anna knowledge of the facts and figures of their accounts."
Shannon told TMZ.com Thursday her daughter's claims are "ridiculous," claiming TLC paid Cardwell's bank account through direct-deposit. She added that the series' most recent contract with the network, negotiated in September 2012, stated that one-third of the family's $22,500 fee per episode was to be divided among her four children: Cardwell and siblings Alana, Lauryn and Jessica Thompson.
Shannon additionally told the website she has text messages indicating that Cardwell was pressured by her grandmother, Sandra Hale, Shannon's mother, into suing. One message from Cardwell to another family member allegedly reads, "I did not hire the lawyer. My grandma did . . . I know I can't get her money and that's what I tried to tell him," referring to Hale's boyfriend.