Fresh Sexual Assault Allegations Surface Against Nigel Lythgoe Amid Paula Abdul’s Lawsuit

Fresh Sexual Assault Allegations Surface Against Nigel Lythgoe Amid Paula Abdul’s Lawsuit

New Allegations Against Nigel Lythgoe

Days after being sued by Paula Abdul for multiple instances of sexual assault and battery, Nigel Lythgoe faces fresh allegations of sexual assault from two contestants on the 2003 ABC talent show All American Girl.

Claims of Misconduct

The contestants allege that Lythgoe openly groped and assaulted them during the show’s run, claiming instances of inappropriate touching and aggressive advances when alone with them.

Legal Action and Statute of Limitations

Under California’s Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, which lifts the statute of limitations for historic cases, the contestants have filed a case against Lythgoe.

Abdul’s Allegations and Past Incidents

Paula Abdul, in her lawsuit, detailed multiple incidents of misconduct, including verbal insults and belittlement by Lythgoe. She accused him of sexual assault and battery during different occasions, dating back to her American Idol days.

Alleged Assault Incidents

Abdul detailed incidents of assault, one during an elevator encounter and another during a dinner meeting at Lythgoe’s house. She claimed he attempted to force himself on her and made inappropriate advances.

Response from Lythgoe

Nigel Lythgoe, denying Abdul’s claims, expressed shock and sadness, terming the accusations as false and deeply offensive. He vowed to defend against what he termed as an “appalling smear.”

Additional Claims and Revelations

An interview from 2017 surfaced where Lythgoe made unsettling comments about mistreating Abdul. Allegations suggest he made taunting calls referencing the statute of limitations and previous mistreatment.

Support for Abdul and the Accusers

A source close to Paula Abdul highlighted the need for Lythgoe to take accountability for his actions, expressing disdain for his alleged behavior and manipulative tactics toward women in the industry.

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