June 15, 2024

Nigel Lythgoe is going through a second sexual assault lawsuit days after Paula Abdul sued the previous “American Idol” and “So You Suppose You Can Dance” producer based mostly on related accusations.

Two ladies, recognized solely as Jane Doe Ok.G. and Jane Doe Ok.N. in courtroom paperwork, filed the brand new lawsuit Tuesday in opposition to John Roe N.L. — who Deadline and TMZ confirmed is a pseudonym for Lythgoe — and an unnamed manufacturing firm.

Within the swimsuit, the plaintiffs accuse the 74-year-old man of negligence, sexual assault/battery, sexual harassment, gender violence and intentional infliction of emotional misery stemming from their time on the 2003 competitors present “All American Woman,” wherein dozens of ladies vied to win the title of the collection, and on which Lythgoe was a producer.

The ladies declare Lythgoe would sometimes come on set, and on one event, he “brazenly swatted and groped Plaintiffs’ and different contestants’ buttocks.” They are saying a number of workers and representatives noticed this occur, nevertheless it was “brazenly accepted,” in line with the lawsuit.

When the present wrapped in Could 2003, the plaintiffs say Lythgoe’s manufacturing firm hosted a celebration, and when it was time to go away, they declare he insisted he would drive them to the studio the place everybody else was going. However the ladies declare he as a substitute took them to a Los Angeles house, the place he allegedly made sexual advances on the ladies regardless of their rejections.

One Jane Doe claims the producer lifted his sweater over her head, “engulfed her” and tried to kiss her as she “scrambled to launch herself from his grasp.” The opposite alleges he pushed her in opposition to a grand piano and “pressured his mouth and tongue onto her” regardless of her quite a few makes an attempt to tug away. 

The ladies say they’ve suffered and proceed to undergo emotional misery, embarrassment, lack of vanity, lack of earnings and extra because of the alleged expertise. They state this entitles them to damages in an quantity decided by a jury trial.

4 days earlier than the ladies’s lawsuit, Abdul filed hers, claiming Lythgoe sexually assaulted her within the early 2000s whereas he was a producer and she or he was a decide on “American Idol,” then once more when she left the present to evaluate one other Lythgoe-produced present, “So You Suppose You Can Dance.”

The lawsuits have related claims, and each had been filed beneath California’s Sexual Abuse and Cowl-up Accountability Act, which opened a one-year window for sexual abuse fits that might’ve in any other case been barred as a result of statute of limitations.

Nonetheless, the deadline to file was Dec. 31, which means Abdul made it in time, however the brand new lawsuit didn’t. Additionally, the brand new lawsuit states one Jane Doe was born in 1997, which means she was 5 years outdated on the time of the alleged 2003 assault.

It is unclear how this may have an effect on the power of the second swimsuit to maneuver on, and Lythgoe hasn’t commented on the claims.

He did, nevertheless, launch a press release concerning Abdul’s swimsuit, saying to the AP he was “shocked and saddened” to listen to of his “pricey” pal’s allegations.

“Whereas Paula’s historical past of erratic habits is well-known, I am unable to faux to grasp precisely why she would file a lawsuit that she should know is unfaithful,” Lythgoe mentioned within the assertion. “However I can promise that I’ll combat this appalling smear with the whole lot I’ve.”

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