Singing icon Paula Abdul just dropped a shocking confession about So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.
The accusations are NOT GOOD.
Abdul has accused Lythgoe of sexual assault and filed a lawsuit against the producer.
The entertainment industry stalwart says Lythgoe sexually assaulted her on two separate occasions, once during an earlier season of American Idol and again some years later.
PEOPLE was able to retrieve legal documents that revealed more inside information about the time frame in which the assaults took place.
According to the lawsuit, Lythgoe sexually assaulted Abdul “while on the road for the regional audition” during a very early season of American Idol.
The lawsuit continues with a claim that “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 and let him know that his behavior was not acceptable.”
The lawsuit says that Abdul did not speak up at the time “for fear that Lythgoe would have her fired from American Idol.”
Fast forward to 2015, the lawsuit discusses another sexual assault claim that took place while Abdul was working on So You Think You Can Dance.
Abdul attended what she believed was a “professional invitation” to have dinner at Lythgoe’s home.
She claims Lythgoe “forced himself on top of [her] while she was seated on his couch and attempted to kiss her while proclaiming that the two would make an excellent ‘power couple.’”
Now, she’s suing him for gender violence, sexual assault and battery, and harassment.
Abdul filed the lawsuit using the Sexual Abuse and Cover Up Accountability Act, which lets victims file these kinds of suits even after the relevant statue of limitations has expired.
Lythgoe, for his part, as denied Abdul's accusations.
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