Singer Paula Abdul Accuses American Idol Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe Of Sexual Assault, Files Lawsuit.
Singer Paula Abdul Accuses American Idol Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe Of Sexual Assault, Files Lawsuit.

Singer-dancer Paula Abdul has taken legal action, claiming that Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of American Idol, sexually assaulted her. Paula Abdul said it happened during an early season of American Idol when Nigel allegedly assaulted her in an elevator, pushing her against a wall and grabbing her private areas. She managed to push him away and ran to her room when the hotel door opened.

Years later, Paula Abdul, now a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, accepted an invitation to Nigel’s home for dinner, expecting a professional encounter. However, according to the lawsuit, Nigel tried to kiss her, suggesting they could be a “power couple.” Once again, she pushed him away and left his home.

Paula also claimed she witnessed Nigel sexually assaulted one of her assistants in April 2015. The lawsuit states: “For years, Abdul has remained silent about the sexual assaults and harassment she experienced on account of Lythgoe due to fear of speaking out against one of the most well-known producers of television competition shows who could easily break her career as a television personality and of being ostracised and blackballed by an industry that had a pattern of protecting powerful men and silencing survivors of sexual assault and harassment.”

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