Paula Abdul is accusing Nigel Lythgoe of multiple sexual assaults in a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit brought by the former american idol and So I think you can dance On Friday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge alleged that Lithgow, who was an executive producer on both shows, sexually assaulted Abdul twice. The first time was early in the season. Idol And only once during her tenure SYTYCD. She also accused him of sexual assault against her assistant.
Abdul is suing the defendants for sexual assault/assault, sexual harassment, gender violence, and negligence. The lawsuit was filed under the Sexual Abuse and Concealment of Liability Act, which allows civil sexual assault lawsuits to be brought even after the statute of limitations has passed.
The lawsuit names Lythgoe, 19 Entertainment Inc., FremantleMedia North America Inc., American Idol Productions Inc., and Dance Nation Productions Inc. as defendants.
Representatives for Lithgow, Abdul, 19 Entertainment and Fremantle Media North America did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment. American Idol Productions Inc. is detailed in the suit as a subsidiary of Fremantle, while Dance Nation Productions Inc. is detailed in the suit as a subsidiary of his 19 Entertainment Inc.
Documents obtained by PEOPLE say the first incident occurred in the early 2000s, when Grammy Award winners Abdul, 60, and Lithgow, 74, were both working on a movie. . Idol.
The lawsuit alleges that Lithgow sexually assaulted Abdul, a judge on the series, between 2002 and 2009 “while en route to regional auditions.” IdolThe first season of.
As they entered the elevator, “Lithgow pushed Abdul against the wall, grabbed her genitals and breasts, and began forcing his tongue down her throat,” according to the complaint.
“Abdul tried to pull Lithgow away from her and convey to her that his behavior was unacceptable,” the document adds.
After the alleged assault, Abdul tearfully called one of the deputies and told him what had happened, according to the complaint. However, she “chose not to take her action because she feared that Lithgow would fire her.” american idol”
Abdul also said that during his time on the show, he was “discriminated against in terms of pay and benefits compared to one of the show’s male judges and the host” and was “the target of constant ridicule, bullying, humiliation and harassment.” It is also claimed that A spectacle, a show, a play.
The second assault occurred in 2015 when Abdul was a judge, according to the complaint. SYTYCD.
During a dinner at Lithgow’s home, which the singer attended “believing it to be a professional invitation,” Lithgow “forced himself on top of Abdul while he was sitting on the couch, and tried to kiss him, declaring that they were going to get along.” It is said that They are a great ‘power couple,’” according to the lawsuit.
According to the documents, Abdul “explained that he was not interested in Mr. Lithgow’s advances and pushed him away” and then left his property.
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The lawsuit also details an alleged assault by Lithgow against the “Straight Up” singer’s assistant, who Abdul witnessed and identified in documents as April. The incident is said to have occurred in April 2015.
“One night, Lithgow approached Abdul and April from behind, pressed himself against April and began groping her. April did not consent,” the complaint states.
Earlier this year, Abdul spoke exclusively to PEOPLE about turning 60 on June 19, opening up about the “change in trajectory” of his life and career heading into the new decade.
“Turning 60 this past year was a really nice trajectory change for me. I really wanted to build and leave a legacy,” Abdul said.
“It’s about kindness and support, helping those who can’t stand up for themselves, learning how to fight bullies, and having the confidence that you can do anything you set your mind to,” she added. Only half. It’s perseverance, persistence and undying belief in yourself. ”