ABC News’ Linzie Janis and Taylor Behrendt report:
An alleged catfight between “Dance Moms” that co-stars Abby Lee Miller and Kelly Hyland has gone from the small screen to the courtroom.
According to a criminal complaint filed earlier this month, Miller, the show’s famously loud-mouthed coach, claimed Hyland struck her and pulled her hair in a November incident.
Hyland has pleaded not guilty to assault and harassment charges.
In an interview with ABC News, Hyland, whose two daughters dance on the popular Lifetime reality show, explained what led up to the alleged incident with Miller.
“I’m just not that kind of person that I would never, I’m just not that type of person that would fight with somebody unless I was provoked,” she said.
Asked whether she was disappointed in herself for becoming provoked by Miller, Hyland, 42, replied: “Yes, I don’t think anybody wants to be provoked, but I was standing up for my kids.”
Hyland added that she was advised by her lawyer not to discuss details of the ongoing case, but she said she’s had enough of Miller’s verbal abuse.
“She hurts my children every day,” Hyland said. “Every time she opens her mouth she hurts my children.”
In the show, Miller is tough on her charges, sometimes battering the dancers with harsh words. The mothers of the dancers watch, and then they often get into the fray to stand up for their children.
Hyland said she and her daughters have not been to the studio or filmed any episodes since the alleged incident.
In an appearance on “The View” Monday, Miller related her side of the story, saying she told Hyland, “Don’t put your finger in my face, and she started putting her finger in my face.”
Responding to a question about the possible future of her relationship with Miller, Hyland said she didn’t believe there was any way to patch things up with the woman.
“I don’t think you can take back all the hurtful things and the pain that she’s put my kids through,” she said.
In a statement to ABC News, Miller said: “I just hope the legal system does the right thing.”
The next court date in the case is March 10.