LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Butterfly singer Mariah Carey and her former assistant Lianna Shakhnazaryan have taken each other to court, with Carey accusing Shakhnazaryan of attempted extortion with videos of intimate moments.
According to TMZ, Carey is seeking more than $3 million from her former assistant, claiming that Shakhnazarian ran up bills on Carey’s credit card for personal items and traded on Carey’s name for discounts.
Carey also alleges that Shakhnazarian began secretly making video recordings of Carey engaged in “personal activities” that would be both embarrassing and personally damaging if released to the public.
Carey claims that Shakhnazarian, who was hired in 2015, was fired at the end of 2017, but attempted to use the videos as leverage over Carey, allegedly seeking a payment of $8 million in exchange for the surreptitiously recorded videos.
In her own suit filed against Carey Thursday in Los Angeles, Shakhnazaryan claims that she was subjected to “severe, pervasive, sexual, derogatory, offensive, physically abusive and outrageous conduct” by her former employer, including multiple incidents of disparaging and racist remarks against Shakhnazaryan, who is Armenian by descent.
Shakhnazaryan also alleges that Carey subjected her to inappropriate contact, including slapping Shakhnazaryan’s breast and buttocks, as well as pinning Shakhnazaryan “down on the ground and urinating” on her, or “allowing plaintiff to be urinated on in the presence of others on multiple occasions.”
Shakhnazaryan is seeking compensatory and punitive damages and payment for all legal fees, while Carey is seeking the destruction of Shakhnazaryan’s video footage, an injunction against her selling copies of said footage as well as compensatory and punitive damages.