Reports have emerged that pop star Mariah Carey is suing her former personal assistant for allegedly secretly filming ‘intimate’ videos of her before threatening to sell them.
The hitmaker has accused Lianna Azarian – who she hired in March 2015 but fired in November 2017 – of secretly recording her doing “embarrassing” things and then threatening to release the videos unless her famous boss gave her $8 million USD (£6.2 million).
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Carey claims Azarian was filming her “personal activities” and if the clips were made public, they could be extremely damaging to her, both personally and professionally.
The 48-year-old singer paid the employee up to $327,000 USD (£253,000) a year until she was fired, and claims the alleged blackmail started shortly afterwards.
It is reported the assistant had previously shown the videos to friends and claimed she would sell them if she was ever fired. According to the report she then warned she’d release the videos and other damaging information once she was dismissed.
The lawsuit doesn’t state what is on the videos, but describes the footage as “intimate”.
Mariah also alleged her former staff member used her credit card to buy personal items and obtained discounts from retailers by claiming she was buying things for Mariah.
The singer – who has twins Moroccan and Monroe, seven, with ex-husband Nick Cannon – claims to have unsuccessfully demanded the videos and other evidence of criminal activity be handed over.
She is suing for unspecified damages, but the report stats she wants more than $3 million USD (£2.3 million).
With reporting by Bang Showbiz.