Paula Abdul files a lawsuit against American Idol producer and co-judge on So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe, citing alleged ‘sexual assault’.

Paula Abdul files a lawsuit against American Idol producer and co-judge on So You Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe, citing alleged ‘sexual assault’.

Allegations Against Nigel Lythgoe

Paula Abdul, renowned singer and former judge on shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, has filed a lawsuit against Nigel Lythgoe, an executive producer of American Idol and former co-judge.

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, alleges instances of sexual assault and verbal degradation.

Abdul claims that in 2001, during discussions for her role in a singing competition, Lythgoe insulted her, calling her a “has been” celebrity, despite her suitability for the role.

These derogatory comments left Abdul hesitant, although she proceeded in hopes that it was an isolated incident.

Incidents of Sexual Assault

The lawsuit details two alleged instances of sexual assault. The first reportedly occurred during American Idol auditions in a hotel elevator, where Lythgoe allegedly assaulted Abdul.

She immediately informed her representatives.

The second incident took place during a professional dinner after she signed a contract for So You Think You Can Dance, where Lythgoe purportedly made unwanted advances, claiming they would make a powerful couple.

Abdul rebuffed his advances and left the situation but chose to remain silent due to career concerns.

Additional Claims and Legal Action

Abdul’s lawsuit extends beyond personal allegations, claiming discrimination in compensation and mistreatment during her tenure on American Idol.

She also alleged witnessing Lythgoe assaulting one of her assistants. Alongside Lythgoe, the lawsuit names 19 Entertainment and Fremantle Media North America.

Paula’s decision to file the lawsuit aligns with California’s Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Accountability Act, which provides a window for survivors to seek justice for crimes after January 1, 2009.

Backgrounds and Career Trajectories

Paula Abdul’s career began as a choreographer, leading to her success in the music industry with her debut album in 1988. She had notable marriages to Emilio Estevez and Brad Beckerman. Nigel Lythgoe, hailing from England, started in performing arts before transitioning into television. His marriage to Bonita Shawe ended in 2010, and they share two children.

The legal action by Paula Abdul sheds light on alleged misconduct and discrimination within the entertainment industry, utilizing legal reforms to address past incidents and seek justice.

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