Daytime Star Adrienne Frantz Files Dog Bite Lawsuit


The Daytime Emmy winner was bitten by dog while filming of Lifetime movie.

Canine Chaos

Frantz’s suit for $5 million stems from a facial dog bite on the Ottawa set of a Lifetime movie in November 2014 entitled The Perfect Girlfriend, according to a report in the Ottawa Citizen. Frantz’s lawyer, Robyn Wishart, explained the incident that sparked the suit.

“She was filming the love scene and was in a passionate embrace with the male lead when the dog ran up the stairs and knocked the male lead off Miss Frantz and then bit her in the face,” Wishart said.

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Frantz, a 2001 Daytime Emmy winner for her role as Amber on The Bold and the Beautiful contends in the suit that the injury set off an unfortunate physical chain of events, including a miscarriage. She was three months pregnant when the bite occurred, and did not pursue getting a tetanus shot in the interest of not harming her pregnancy. She also claims emotional and other physical distress, including the onset of Graves Disease, which affects the thyroid gland and can be stress-related.

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The movie was shown in July 2016.

Two Sides

The company that produced the movie, NB Thrilling Films 4 Inc. of Ontario, countered Frantz’s claim of injury and distress, along with other claims via its lawyer in an affidavit. However, they did allude to an “incident” with the dog, a Boston Terrier named Bentley, who played Frantz’s character’s dog in the film.

The outcome of the case is currently pending.

An Upside

If there is glint of light amid the medical and legal turmoil for Frantz, it’s that she and her husband, actor Scott Bailey, had their first child, Amelie Irene, in December 2015. Soap Cities will bring you any new details we hear about the case.

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Christine is a native New Yorker and freelance writer who now lives in southwestern Connecticut. She is a longtime, avid soap fan who has always had an affinity for ABC soaps, in particular her favorite, General Hospital. (She will even tell you she sleeps, eats and breathes that soap!) She is passionate about the soap genre, and in addition she enjoys traveling, attending plays and musicals, reading biographies and various pursuits in between. She was a political science/history major, English minor and has published a book of paranormal short stories under her nom de plume, Prudence MacGregor.

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