Associated Press (AP): Sparking an international legal battle this week, Empress Kukka-Maria has filed a lawsuit against Siberian feline enthusiast, Nina Kostova, and her film production company for fraud.
Speaking on behalf of the feline empress, her legal team of feral alley cats claims she was fraudulently enticed to participate in a project where she was merely one of one hundred thirty supporting actors.
"Ms. Kostova assured us The Empress would be the featured, star performer in a main-stream, non-pornographic video," states Scamp "Damn Cat" Weinstein, lead attorney and professor of constitutional law with a focus on litter box liability and litigation at University of Tijuana School of Law and Bartending, located behind the Martinez Family's Garage on Union and 5th. "While the contract is written on an old, coffee-stained Quiznos receipt and is barely legible, you can clearly see the proof of our claim. We would have rather negotiated a cheap skin flick than to have our girl share a scene with a clutter of clamoring cats!"
A teary, yet stunningly super-sexy Kukka whimpers "I was cast in what I believed to be a starring role in a Siberian art film. I was supposed to have, at least, fourteen scenes in which I was featured as a solo artist, plus two tastefully-shot, semi-nude love scenes--one, a menage a trois." Gingerly licking her paw and rubbing it across her brow, she continues, "When I arrived, however, the crazy cat lady claimed top billing and told me to 'fall in line' with the rest of the extras!" Her angry words growing louder with each syllable, Kukka punctuates her statement with a growling HISS. "EXTRAS!?"
Representatives of Ms. Kostova claim the expectations were set clearly and early. "Kukka-Мария является whiny ребенка.."
Scruffy Weston, a matted Persian cat and world-reknown linguist, specializing in Meow, English, Canadian English, Chihuahua, and dabbling in Russian, was asked to translate. "It either means 'We told Ms. Kukka-Maria that she would be among a squillion other felines in the pursuit of kibble. This should not have been a surprise to her' OR 'Dónde está la biblioteca.' One can never be too sure in these cases."
Scamp Weinstein remains stern and sticks to the facts. "In her rider, it clearly states that she is to be the ONLY feline in the frame. In exceptional cases, where other cats are in the scene, it is expected they would stay in the background and simply feature her with jazz paws."
"I flew cargo to Siberia for the shoot and, once I arrived, realized they did not appreciate my super-sexiness, my ability to cry on queue, nor..." sobs The Empress, "nor my magnificent mutiple nipples! They just wanted a...CAT!"
While the amount The Empress is seeking in physical, emotional, and social damages has not been disclosed (mostly because the feral cat legal team lacks basic mathmatic skills and has been working to convert Russian Rubles to American Dollars for weeks), one thing is clear:
No one puts baby in a corner...with 129 other cats.