Nigel Lythgoe sued by Paula Abdul for sexual assault: Claims he 'forced himself' on her

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Paula Abdul has decided to sue Nigel Lythgoe for sexual assault as she alleged that the executive forced himself on her when she was a judge on American Idol and also on So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).

As reported by RadarOnline, the lawsuit was filed on Friday at a Los Angeles court.

The 61-year-old Abdul has said that one of the first incidents took place during 'the initial seasons' of American Idol when they were on the road for the audition section of the process.

Multiple incidents reported

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The documents were obtained by TMZ and they allege that Lythgoe shoved Abdul against a wall in a hotel elevator, grabbed her breasts and genitals, and tried to stick his tongue down her throat.

She said she pushed him away and ran out of the elevator and into her hotel room as soon as the doors opened. Abdul claimed she immediately called her representative to report the alleged incident but didn't pursue her accusations because she feared she'd be fired.

Abdul claimed that the second alleged assault happened in 2015 when she signed a new contract to be a judge on SYTYCD, also executive-produced by Lythgoe.

Lythgoe is now 74 years old and has been a very powerful name in the television world for a long time.

Abdul also detailed an incident where he invited her to his house under the pretence of a professional meeting, but he soon forced himself on her and said that they would make an excellent power couple.

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