We wish we could be celebrity chauffeurs! OK, not anymore. As much as we’d love to hang out with our fave celebs all day, gathering juicy intel on them, it is apparently not worth the trouble. Jennifer Lopez is suing her former chauffeur for $20 million for extortion and defamation after claiming that he threatened to release damaging information about her. According to court documents obtained by E!, Lopez claims in the lawsuit that her driver, Hakob Manoukian, threatened to release “disruptive and potentially damaging” information about her unless she paid him $2.8 million. How rude! (Also, how much do these guys make that she can sue him for that much?
Lopez’s suit claims that an attorney for Manoukian, who sued Lopez, her manager, Benny Medina, and ex-husband Marc Anthony for breach of contract in April, demanded the nearly $3 million payday to avoid disclosing “sensitive and personal information that he had allegedly overheard” while working for Lopez.
Her lawsuit points out that Manoukian signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibits him from blabbing anything he heard about Lopez’s business or personal life. E! said the Lopez action is “technically a countersuit” answering Manoukian’s original breach complaint, saying of course she paid him the full salary that they had agreed upon.
Apparently this all started with some beef between Manoukian and Medina. The suit reads that the two had a pretty massive falling out last summer over a security team that Medina wanted to hire against Manoukian’s recommendation. After that, she says, Manoukian became “hostile and angry” toward Medina and “plotted to retaliate” against the “Goin’ In” singer and her manager. “In the furtherance of this plot, he abruptly terminated his employment with Ms. Lopez and began to threaten her,” the suit says.
First her departure from American Idol and now this? We hate to see all this drama surrounding one of our favorite celebs!
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