A former personal assistant to Mariah Carey who sued the singer for wrongful termination “resolved” her case against the entertainer, an attorney for the plaintiff told a judge Thursday.
Lawyer Tobin M. Lanzetta said during a brief hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard J. Burdge Jr. that a request for dismissal of the case brought by his client, Lianna Shakhnazarian, is on file. The document, dated Monday, does not state if the case was settled or if Shakhnazarian is not pursuing the case for other reasons, nor does it address any of the cross-complaints filed in the case.
Burdge said that all upcoming dates will remain on calendar pending a filing of a notice of settlement or a dismissal of all of the actions.
Shakhnazarian began the litigation in January 2019 by suing Carey and Mirage Entertainment Inc., alleging multiple causes of action, including wrongful termination, retaliation, failure to prevent discrimination and harassment and racial discrimination.
Shakhnazarian was hired in 2015 and says her job duties included coordinating with Carey’s then-manager, Stella Bulochnikov, to ensure that Carey’s personal and professional needs were met, requiring her to work irregular hours seven days a week as needed. Shakhnazarian further alleges that during her employment, Bulochnikov subjected her to racial slurs about her Armenian heritage and to physical abuse, and Carey did nothing about it.
Shakhnazarian maintains she was wrongfully fired in November 2017.
Carey has countersued Shakhnazarian, alleging breach of contract and invasion of privacy. She alleges that Shakhnazarian violated a non-disclosure agreement by filming the singer at her home without Carey’s consent and by later sharing the video with third parties.
Carey also alleges Shakhnazarian used Carey’s corporate credit cards to purchase items she kept for herself.
Carey also filed a cross-complaint for indemnity against Bulochnikov in March 2019.
Bulochnikov filed a cross-complaint against Shakhnazarian in July 2019, alleging that the Shakhnazarian suit caused her to lose her long-standing role as Carey’s manager, harmed her reputation and caused her to lose a significant amount of revenue.
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