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Paula Abdul says Nigel Lythgoe sexually assaulted her in 2000s


LOS ANGELES: Paula Abdul has accused former “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe of sexually assaulting her in the early 2000s when she was a judge on the reality competition show, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles also accuses Lythgoe of sexually assaulting Abdul after she left “American Idol” and became a judge on Lythgoe’s other competition show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Lythgoe said in a statement that he was “shocked and saddened” to hear of the allegations made by Abdul, who he said he considered a “dear” and “entirely platonic” friend.”While Paula’s history of erratic behaviour is well known, I can’t pretend to understand exactly why she would file a lawsuit that she must know is untrue. But I can promise that I will fight this appalling smear with everything I have,” Lythgoe said.
The lawsuit states Abdul, a Grammy- and an Emmy-winning artist, remained silent for years out of fear of retaliation by “one of the most well-known producers of television competition shows.” In the lawsuit, Abdul says Lythgoe groped her in an elevator after a day of filming an early season of “American Idol” which premiered in 2002, and “began shoving his tongue down her throat.” In the second instance, while they were on “So You Think You Can Dance”, Abdul alleged Lythgoe forced himself on top of her during a dinner at his home and tried to kiss her.

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