Victoria Principal, Rob Lowe, Britney Spears and More: When Celeb Hired Help Strikes Back

celebrities battling their hired help

When stars fight with their hired help, both parties often end up with bruises.

Victoria Principal is the latest celebrity clashing with someone who used to cater to her needs. The "Dallas" star and her former housekeeper, Maribel Banegas, have both filed lawsuits alleging assault by the other during a Dec. 26 blowout at Principal's home.

According to the lawsuit filed by Banegas in L.A. Superior court earlier this month, Principal pulled a gun on her after she took too long walking the actress' pet Shih Tzu.

The reason for the extended outing? Banegas was waiting for the dog to do its business, she says.

The housekeeper claims Principal fired her on the spot. When Banegas asked for her final check, Principal went upstairs and came back down with a gun, "which she then pointed and aimed" at the maid, according to court papers.

A day after Banegas filed her lawsuit, Principal followed up with her own, admitting she did pull a gun on the housekeeper, but only after she says that Banegas threatened her, screamed "give me money" and injured her dog so badly that it was "writhing in pain" the next day.

As if the court papers weren't enough, tapes of the 911 calls made during the confrontation make the drama sound like the stuff of a daytime soap opera.

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Victoria Principal.

"[She] want to kill me," Banegas tells the emergency operator. "I need help. She's pointing a gun. She's going to kill me. She's after me."

In her own call, Principal paints Banegas as the problem.

"I have a housekeeper that I don't really know who's on the premises," Principal tells the operator. "She's locked herself in the guesthouse and she's robbing me. I told her I'm calling the police and I need you here now. She's threatening and she's locked herself in the guesthouse."

Both women are suing for unspecified damages. Representatives for Principal declined to comment on her case; calls to Banegas' lawyer were not immediately returned.

Principal's the latest star to war with hired help. Below, check out four other infamous clashes between celebrities and their employees.

Rob Lowe

Maybe Rob Lowe should consider roping in a relative to look after his kids.

The "Brothers & Sisters" star filed defamation lawsuits against former nannies Laura Boyce and Jessica Gibson last year, accusing Boyce of "spreading malicious lies" about his family and Gibson of falsely claiming to have had a "personal and intimate relationship" with him.

Lowe said Gibson "bragged" about giving him a massage during a trip with the Lowe family and told people "she wished he would divorce Sheryl Lowe," according to court documents.

Rob Lowe and Jessica Gibson.

Both women sued back, claiming harassment by the actor and his wife. But it appears all parties decided a courtroom wasn't the place to air their grievances; last week, attorneys for the former nannies and Lowe asked for all the lawsuits to be dismissed. None of the attorneys disclosed whether a financial agreement had been reached.

Heather Mills

Another celebrity plauged by nanny trouble: Heather Mills, the ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney. In December, Sara Trumble, who served as a nanny for Mills for four years until resigning in September 2008, filed a legal claim against her alleging sexual discrimination and unreasonable working conditions.

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