“Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan Denies Allegation That Queen Latifah’s Dog was Mauled by His Pit Bull

Cesar Millan, the “Dog Whisperer,” angrily rejected allegations that his dog murdered Queen Latifah’s puppy. According to a newly disclosed lawsuit, the same pit bull allegedly mauled a previous “star gymnast,” rendering her unable to compete.

Lidia Matiss, a gymnast who just filed a lawsuit alleging that the dog attacked her in 2017, also alleged that Junior attacked other dogs, including one brought to Millan’s Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, California by Queen Latifah. She claimed Millan attempted to conceal the attack by having an employee inform Latifah that her dog had been struck and killed by a car.

The publicist for the “Dog Whisperer” star told Page Six on Wednesday that the allegation that his pit bull Junior, who died last year at the age of 15, attacked the rapper’s pup to death was “a blatant lie.”

Queen Latifah’s representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Page Six.

In response to Matiss’ claims that the pup attacked her at Millan’s training facility, where her mother was employed at the time, Millan’s representative stated, “This incident occurred over four years ago.”

“Two weeks ago, Ms. Mattiss’ counsel sent a letter demanding that Mr. Millan pay her $850,000 – or she would be going ‘to the press.’ Mr. Millan refused to respond to this threat, and this interview is the result.”


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The statement said, “As everyone knows, Cesar Millan is one of the world’s most prominent dog training experts. Over his extraordinary career, Mr. Millan has fostered and helped – literally – thousands of behaviorally troubled animals dogs – often with dogs at risk of being ‘put down.'”

Matiss, he noted, was “well aware” of the danger and “repeatedly returned to his property and ranch after the incident.” According to court documents, the claim was filed in January, and Millan and Matiss have both pushed to have the case tried.

Millan was acquitted of animal cruelty charges in 2016 when a dog attacked a pig on video during one of his taped training sessions.