Transcript for Mariah Carey sues former assistant for blackmail
Now to that major lawsuit from Mariah Carey. She's accusing her former assistant of betrayal and blackmail. Claiming she secretly recorded videos of her then threatened to release them unless Mariah paid up big time. Gio Benitez is here with the story. Reporter: Good morning. Yeah, Carey's lawsuit calls that former assistant a grafter, a peeping Tom and extortionist claiming the woman demanded millions of dollars or those personal videos would go public. ??? You took my life ??? Reporter: Mariah Carey's latest album cover might as well be a warning caution as she takes on a former assistant. ??? How about your big days ??? Reporter: The pop superstar filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles against former assistant lianna shakhnazarian, seen here on her 2016 E! Docu-series "Mariah's world" according to the document she is accusing her of violating a confidentiality and nondisclosure agreement alleging azarian secretly filmed mirai Joe and showing them to her friends and co-workers and alleing azarian threatened to go public unless Mariah paid her $8 million. The 48-year-old singer seeking at least $3 million in damages as well as a restraining order. Azarian worked with Carey for more than two years and made as much as $327,000. Azarian's attorney firing back telling ABC news, these baseless allegations are an attempt to attack my client's character and deflect attention away from a workplace harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit she filed today against her former employer. They are taking their allegations very seriously and that's why they aren't backing down. Reporter: In a statement to ABC news, Mariah Carey's team saying, this new year welcomes Mariah's continued efforts to clean the trash from her life. Given that the evidence against this former assistant is vast and deplorable, we anticipate a victorious resolution. And Carey's team ending by saying she, quote, continues to her streak of success this year with an upcoming North American tour and return to Vegas. She is not backing down here. Not at all. Wouldn't expect her to. Yeah. All right, gio, always good to
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