Mariah Carey's former assistant responds to the popdiva's recent trial with its own trial.
Times after the news broke that Carey had filed a $ 3 million suit against her former executive assistant, Lianna Shakhnazaryan, to violate their non-dismissal agreement dismissing the former employee with a long trial and accusing Carey and her former leader Stella Bulochnikov, for a litany claimed.
List of allegations involves illegal dismissal, retaliation, non-discrimination and harassment, violation of good faith law, and fair treatment, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, non-payment of termination of salary, breach of verbal contract, termination of contract, breach of contract law, violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, intentional supply of emotional distress and battery.
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According to the lawsuit from ET, Shakhnazaryan claims that she began working as a Carey & # 39; assistant in September 201
Shakhnazaryan claims in the case that she was "obliged to meet constant demands of great strength and often at very short times" and that she also served as a personal assistant to Bulochnikov and coordinator between leader and singer.
The former personal assistant claims that she was "exposed to severe, penetrating, sexual, derogatory, offensive, physically abusive, and outrageous behavior by [Bulochnikov]" allegedly including being referred to as "an imprisoned Armenian", among other racist insults.
Shakhnazaryan claims that she was also subjected to "acts of physical abuse", including "slaughtering of hams and breasts", as well as allegedly being tackled to the ground by Bulochnikov and "urinating" d in the presence of several people. "
The documents also accuse Bulochnikov of repeated offensive sexual and derogatory remarks about her Armenian heritage and repeated ridicule directed against the physical appearance of Shakhnazary.
Assistant allegations Carey" was aware of [conduct] as much of such inappropriate behavior was done against [Shakhnazaryan] with Carey's knowledge, permission and / or in Carey's presence. "
She also claims that not only Carey, but others employed by her witness actions and did nothing to stop or prevent them. In addition, Shakhnazaryan claims that she directly reported Bulochnikov's alleged behavior to Carey and was terminated" in direct response "to his complaint.
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Shakhnazaryan's suit ultimately claims that she" suffered and continues to suffer serious emotional distress. , anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment "as a result of Bulochnikov's alleged actions.
As for her accusations of battery, the former assistant claims that she was" subjected to aggressive, violent and harmful physical behavior by Carey … [which was] done … for the purpose of harming and / or insulting "Shakhnazaryan while allegedly living in Carey's home from November 2015 to" mid-2017 "as required by the employment terms.
hakhnazaryan seeks compensation claims "including lost wages, past and future earnings [and] unpaid overtime" as well as money for "physical injury, mental pain and anxiety and severe emotional suffering," along with general injuries, attorneys' fees, the cost of the trial and punitive damages. She also requests a jury ruling.
The shocking allegations in her suit came after Carey's own trial, where Shakhnazaryan is accused of being "a ghost, a Peeping Tom, and a blackmail."
Carey's lawsuit claims that Shakhnazaryan secretly filmed her without her knowledge or permission, as if revealed would be personally embarrassing and professionally damaging to her.
Carey's lawsuit also claims that Shakhnazaryan showed the intimate videos to his friends and colleagues, then threatened to release videos and other sensitive private information, unless Mariah gave her $ 8,000,000 and added that Shakhnazaryan had alleged that be harassment of the singer.
Carey & # 39; s representative continued to claim that the claims and evidence in the case are "big and regrettable."
"This new year, Mariah welcomes you to continue clearing the garbage from her life," the statement said. "Because her threats and bad actions are too big to be ignored, Mariah has been forced to file a lawsuit against her. As the evidence against this former assistant is large and deplorable, we expect a triumph. Mariah continues her success year with An upcoming North American tour and returning to Vegas. "
Shakhnazarya's lawyer Mark Quigley issued a statement to ET on Wednesday, and strongly refused the allegations made in Carey & # 39; s lawsuit and repeated allegations made by his client.
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"These groundless claims are an attempt to attack my client's character and divert attention away from a workplace harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit she filed today Against her former employer, Mariah Carey, my client has never done anything she was not specifically asked to do while working in the field and scope of her personal assistant job, her case being about keeping her employer accountable for serious inconvenience Behavior that caused tremendous stress and emotional turmoil. "
Particularly earlier this month, Carey settled his own high-profile legal battle with Bulochnikov.
In April, Bulochnikov filed documents against Carey – about five months after being fired by a singer – accusing her of sexual harassment and breach of contract. Carey refused the allegations.
According to legal documents obtained by ET, the two parties reached a mutually agreed solution to the case and Bulochnikov agreed to abolish the action against Carey "with prejudice, with each party to bear the fees and costs of its own lawyers."