Sharon Stone's legal instinct? Payback.
Nearly a year after being sued by her kids' former nanny for wrongful termination and harassment, the actress has filed a countersuit, claiming she loaned her now ex-employee money in June 2010 but the staffer stopped paying her back around the time she was fired the following February.
Stone states in court documents, obtained by E! News, that she cut a $12,500 check to Erlinda Elemen to help her "pay off a debt she had incurred in a failed business venture. Elemen kept up with the $500-per-month installment payments they agreed upon for six months, and then stopped paying, according to the countersuit Stone filed April 4.
The Basic Instinct star, whose attorney previously denied Elemen's claims of mistreatment at the hands of her former employer, states that she wants the rest of her money back, plus interest, as well as the cost of filing her lawsuit.
A trial date for both women's claims has been set for July 30.
In her suit filed last May, Elemen alleged that, while she worked for Stone between 2006 and 2011, the actress made upsetting comments to her about her religion and being Filipino, and then—before firing the nanny in February 2011—ultimately cut her hours and docked her pay after finding out that Elemen had been paid overtime for working holidays and traveling with Stone's three sons.
—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum