American Idol celebrity Paula Abdul files a lawsuit against producer Nigel Lythgoe, claiming she was a victim of sexual assault.

The British television executive Nigel Lythgoe is being sued by American singer Paula Abdul for alleged sexual assault. According to US media, Abdul filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County, claiming multiple incidents of assault while they worked together on the hit shows American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

Abdul alleges that the first incident happened during an early season of American Idol in the early 2000s while they were on the road for regional auditions. She claims Lythgoe assaulted her in a lift at their hotel, but she managed to escape. At the time, she informed her representatives but chose to keep quiet out of fear of losing her job.

The lawsuit also states that another assault occurred over a decade later during a professional meeting at Lythgoe’s home. Abdul claims that he forced himself on her and made inappropriate comments. She pushed him off and left immediately.

Abdul further alleges that she witnessed Lythgoe assaulting one of his assistants during the filming of So You Think You Can Dance in Las Vegas.

Lythgoe has denied the allegations, expressing shock and sadness. Abdul is suing him, as well as the production companies behind the shows, for sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, and negligence.

The lawsuit was filed under California’s Sexual Abuse and Cover Up Accountability Act, which allows legal action to be taken in cases of sexual assault even after the statute of limitations has expired.

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