T.I.’s Entourage Among Those Accused of Misbehaving at Universal, Lawsuit Claims
You've got to be a patient individual if you're working in the music industry, whether you're an aspiring artist or someone behind the scenes -- everyone knows that right? Wrong.An unnamed 41-year-old woman took on a job as a security guard at Universal Music Publishing Group's Santa Monica headquarters in 2010 then found herself at odds with the company.
Granted -- she technically isn't a part of the music industry but she's close enough to it to have certain experiences.
Most people simply quit their job if they find themselves hating it, this woman filed countless complaints against the artists and the Universal employees she felt engaged in salacious behaviour. When she was suspended, the woman filed a lawsuit against Universal.
According to Billboard.com, the security guard watched as musicians came in with their crews and blazed marijuana while working. She named artists like MC Ren and singer Adam Levine.
She also chastised T.I.'s entourage for giving her a hard time when she asked them to move their vehicles.
Tip's bodyguard responded with, "I gotta be able to get this boy outta here if a shootout or something goes down."
The guard also says that it's even gone to the point where the artists were bold enough to want to share their green. In the statement it reads that "artists and high-profile celebrities began visiting the premises with drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to Plaintiff, which she refused."
This entire argument is so bizarre but the money talk makes it all make sense. The woman is looking to be rewarded an unspecified amount of lost and future earnings, medical bills and general and punitive damages.
The woman feels that it's within her right to sue under the California whistle-blowing stature. She's claiming discrimination, retaliation, being subject to unsafe work conditions, harassment, infliction of emotional distress and more.
Meanwhile, the higher ups at Universal are brushing this entire situation off.
"While we cannot comment on the allegations between the plaintiff and her employer," a company spokesperson said. "We can say that the allegations as they relate to Universal Music Group are absurd."
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