'All American Girl' Contestants Sue Nigel Lythgoe for Sexual Assault After Paula Abdul Suit

'All American Girl' Contestants Sue Nigel Lythgoe for Sexual Assault After Paula Abdul Suit

Days after being accused of sexual assault by singer Paula Abdul, veteran TV producer Nigel Lythgoe was also accused of sexually assaulting and harassing two contestants 20 years ago on a reality show.

The women were contestants on the show “All American Girl,” which aired for one season in 2003; and Lythgoe was the show's producer.

The women alleged that he repeatedly appeared on set and in dressing rooms when they wore dance costumes and “openly spanked and groped” their butts.

The women who are performing as Jane Does have alleged that when the production threw a party to celebrate the end of filming, Lythgoe insisted that one of the women go with him back to the studio where all the other cast members would go at the end of the party. . .

The second plaintiff insisted on going with them to protect her fellow contestant, but they alleged that Lythgoe took them back to his home, where he made sexual advances on both of them. In the lawsuit, they alleged that he lifted the sweater she was wearing and “swallowed” one of the women while trying to kiss her, and she immediately rejected him.

The other plaintiff alleged that he was aggressive towards her, pushing her against a grand piano and forcing himself on her with his mouth and tongue, which she protested.

The women are suing Lythgoe and an unnamed producer for sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence.

The plaintiffs cited the California Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up Liability Act, which they believe would allow their claims to be revived even if the statute of limitations had otherwise run.

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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