G. McConway
January 1, 2024

Paula Abdul Shocking Allegations Against ‘American Idol’ Executive Producer

Paula Abdul has had a bit of a resurgence in recent months.

Social media is littered with new Abdul dance videos, but she is now a hot topic for a far more disturbing reason.

Abdul has accused “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe of sexually assaulting her when she was serving as a panel judge on both “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Abdul Allegations

Ever since the Harvey Weinstein case, we have seen allegations come out of nowhere against prominent Hollywood executives.

To that point, on Friday, Abdul filed a case with the Los Angeles Superior Court against Lythgoe.

Abdul, 61, claimed that Lythgoe, 74, sexually assaulted her while she was a judge on both shows.

Abdul, who was an original judge on “American Idol,” claims the first incident happened in an elevator during one of the “initial seasons” of American Idol.

The filing stated, "Lythgoe shoved Abdul against the wall, then grabbed her genitals and breasts, and began shoving his tongue down her throat.

"Abdul attempted to push Lythgoe away from her. When the doors to the elevator for her door opened, Abdul ran out of the elevator and to her hotel room. Abdul quickly called one of her representatives in tears to inform them of the assault."

Abdul claimed she was assaulted again during a stint on “So You Think You Can Dance,” of which Lythgoe was a co-creator. This incident allegedly took place at Lythgoe’s home, where Abdul believes she had received a “professional invitation” for dinner.

The filing stated, "Toward the end of the evening, Lythgoe forced himself on top of Abdul while she was seated on his couch and attempted to kiss her while proclaiming that the two would make an excellent ‘power couple.’

"Abdul pushed Lythgoe off of her, explaining that she was not interested in his advances and immediately left.”

Lythgoe responded to the allegations, stating, "To say that I am shocked and saddened by the allegations made against me by Paula Abdul is a wild understatement, Lythgoe said in a statement to Fox News Digital. For more than two decades, Paula and I have interacted as dear – and entirely platonic – friends and colleagues.

"Yesterday, however, out of the blue, I learned of these claims in the press and I want to be clear: not only are they false, they are deeply offensive to me and to everything I stand for."

I dare not speculate one way or another on this because we have seen cases where the oddest of accusations winds up being true and accusations that seem solid are proven to be false.

We will just have to wait to allow all of this to play out in court and see who is still standing after the dust settles.

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