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"DWTS" Dancer Only Marches for Dimes

2/1/2009 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Karina SmirnoffKarina Smirnoff is a great dancer, but her performance lacks a certain sense of humility and charity.

The "Dancing With The Stars" Star (?) is suing a restaurant for not paying her fee at a March of Dimes benefit last month.

Smirnoff, who lightly brushed her 15 minutes of fame on the show, is suing Panchito's Restaurant in San Antonio for 6k after they neglected to pay her "appearance fee."

Smirnoff's lawyer told KSAT news the Mexican joint claimed it made no money on the event so it just couldn't pay her. The restaurant reportedly claims it never agreed to pay her squat.

Come on guys ... there's gotta be some loose change around there somewhere.

UPDATE: 3:22 PM ET:

Karina's rep contacted TMZ and said there was never any mention this was a March of Dimes event. But we just spoke with James Gonzaba, the General Manager of Panchito's Restaurant, who said his people were contacted by Jimmy Villereal, who claimed he managed Karina ... that Villereal asked if the restaurant would host a March of Dimes event that Karina would appear at.

Gonzaba says Villereal asked for money for Karina's appearance, but the restaurant made it clear -- they couldn't afford to pay anything to her, so there was no deal -- they merely hosted the event and were shocked when she demanded a fee after the fact.

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eat    

Who the hell charges the 'non-profit' Marches for Dimes?

2092 days ago
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jsb829    

I saw her at a wedding at The Narnia Estate in suburban Chicago last summer....she looked pretty good

2092 days ago
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2pac4life    

hi im micheal flatly im irish ya know ,give this girl a break shes an f**king brilliant danca i tell ya,im from galway by da way im a f***king brilliant breakdanca too holla yall??????????

2092 days ago
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Who Caresss!!!    

Little thing called a written agreement and wouldn't her agent have that? Otherwise it's a he said/she said... wow, for 6k she must be on hard times now. The legal fees would be more.

2092 days ago
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Christopher Nelson    

Money before morality. Whats new there? Money always comes before honor in hollywood.

2092 days ago
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SHANNON MOAKLEY    

Hey Gold-Digger....
You couldn't draw anyone to this event,
NOW THE KIDS MUST SUFFER BECAUSE NO ONE CARES TO SEE YOU!!!
Thanks for being the typical Hollywood bitch...
I HOPE YOU SUFFER THE SAME CONSEQUENCE AS US MARCH OF DIME KIDS.
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

2092 days ago
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erica    

She came here???I didn't know

2092 days ago
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erica    

Weird the resturant is always busy ..good food though

2092 days ago
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Huh    

Karina worth $6k? She isn't even worth $.06 ... Maybe she should call Mario ....

2092 days ago
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???????    

that's because she feels she's well known now because of her dancing at the show..because they take her photos/videos whenever she is in paparazzi infested locales in Hollywood...still it's a CHARITY event..well you're suppose to DONATE your time, appearance ....Maybe she is so into her dancing that her brain is in her feet now....oh well....

2091 days ago
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asd    

This whole thing sounds confusing, but I say boo to all. The March of Dimes is a shady organization that isn't really relevant and has contributed NOTHING in terms of scientific breakthroughs. Please people, do your research when supporting a charity, and if you look up the March of Dimes you will see why it needs to be reformed, or completely done away with. (Same goes for the American Cancer Society!) Support good, REAL charities.

2091 days ago
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Mary    

She came here to S.A.? They didn't even announce it in the news. Maybe cus she's just a nobody who got her 15 minutes of fame. She really isn't famous. You're not even supposed to charge a charity. You donate your time, appearance, etc. for a worthy cause!!

2091 days ago
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Kevin    

Just like a someone from that part of Europe! borrow someone else's idea...then sell it like you invented it, charge people like you copyrighted it.

...people from that part of Europe never invented computer programming, but they are telling the world they are the best programmers above anyone else....even better than the people whom invented the programming. This is all based upon thier ability to steal, hack, blackmail and hold ransom. But, if they had to design software that is useful, they could not tell you how or even come up with an idea.

.....people from that part of Europe, spy and steal military secrets, then build thier own based upon stolen technology, then tell the world they have superior weapons.

....I've worked with people from that part of Europe, they never share and ALWAYS take.

2091 days ago
14.

G    

Loser!

2091 days ago
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KM    

She's an idiot anyway

2091 days ago
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