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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.


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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Hey - #11 aka Huh - she CAN'T call Mario b/c he got smart and dumped her bitchy ass!

2092 days ago


There was no charity event that took place! You had to buy a ticket just to see "Dancing with the stars" That's what $30 was going to buy you! No drinks or food! So I had to sit on the patio to eat dinner there if I didn't want to pay for "entertainment". But the place was packed!!

2092 days ago


Maks and Karina were the biggest fame whores on that tour and are just trying to cover their butts and save face.
Much like when Maksin said pro girls should keep their weight down then tried to say what he said was twisted by the media. Now Maks saying he's knows nothing about the sueing and is claiming Mario's people are suing. What??

Next thing you know they'll say Mario was behind this as if he's stays up at night thinking about KaDiva Showoff.
Mario's probably too busy trying to play young women who hopefully won't give him chance even though someone of Karina's age managed to for some reason - maybe that reason was because Mario's is famouns enough to have brought more attention to her. Afterall she kept ignoring Maks as a love interest until she realized how well-known and sought after he was becoming.

2081 days ago
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