Nigel Lythgoe Denies Paula Abdul’s Sexual Assault Claims

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Nigel Lythgoe denied Paula Abdul‘s allegations that he sexually assaulted her.

“To say that I’m shocked and saddened by the allegations made towards me by Paula Abdul is a wild understatement,” the previous American Idol govt producer, 74, stated in an announcement to TMZ on Saturday, December 30. “For greater than 20 years, Paula and I’ve interacted as pricey — and completely platonic — associates and colleagues.”

He continued, “Yesterday, nonetheless, out of the blue, I realized of those claims within the press and I need to be clear: not solely are they false, they’re deeply offensive to me and to all the pieces I stand for.”

He concluded, “Whereas Paula’s historical past of erratic conduct is well-known, I can’t faux to know precisely why she would file a lawsuit that she should know is unfaithful. However I can promise that I’ll struggle this appalling smear with all the pieces I’ve.”

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Lythgoe didn’t elaborate on what he meant by “erratic conduct.”

Abdul, 61, submitted a lawsuit on Friday, December 29, towards Lythgoe in addition to 19 Leisure Inc., American Idol Productions Inc. and Dance Nation Productions Inc. She is looking for a jury trial and damages for sexual assault/battery, sexual harassment and gender violence, in line with courtroom paperwork obtained by Us Weekly.

The submitting particulars a number of alleged incidents, together with one in an elevator throughout an early season of American Idol, the place Abdul served as a choose for eight seasons from 2002 to 2009.

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“Upon getting into the elevator, Lythgoe shoved Abdul towards the wall, then grabbed her genitals and breasts, and started shoving his tongue down her throat,” the courtroom docs declare. “Abdul tried to push Lythgoe away from her and let him know that his conduct was not acceptable. When the doorways to the elevator for her ground opened, Abdul ran out of the elevator and to her resort room. In tears, Abdul rapidly referred to as one in all her representatives to tell them of the assault, however in the end determined to not take motion for concern that Lythgoe would have her fired from American Idol.”

Her claims cowl incidents that occurred over a number of years, together with one alleged incident round 2015 when Abdul was engaged on So You Assume You Can Dance, which Lythgoe govt produces.

“Lythgoe invited her to dinner at his dwelling to debate different alternatives for the 2 to work collectively. Believing this to be an expert invitation, Abdul accepted,” the submitting says. “Towards the top of the night, nonetheless, Lythgoe pressured himself on prime of Abdul whereas she was seated on his sofa and tried to kiss her whereas proclaiming that the 2 would make a wonderful ‘energy couple.’ Abdul pushed Lythgoe off of her, explaining that she was not focused on his advances, and instantly left Lythgoe’s dwelling. As with the sooner incident, Abdul feared she can be retaliated towards or blackballed if she spoke out in regards to the incident.”

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Abdul filed her lawsuit within the Los Angeles Superior Court docket beneath California’s Sexual Abuse and Cowl-Up Accountability Act, which allowed victims a one-year window to file sexual abuse lawsuits that may in any other case be outdoors the statute of limitations. The deadline expires on Sunday, December 31.

In the event you or somebody has been sexually assaulted, contact the Nationwide Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).