Mariah Carey Sues Former Assistant For Blackmail Over 'Intimate' Videos

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Mariah Carey is suing her former personal assistant, Lianna Shakhnazarian, for blackmail, People reports. 

In court documents obtained by the mag, Mariah claims Lianna secretly recorded her and attempted to blackmail her with intimate and private videos the former executive assistant secretly recorded of the singer. 

According to the lawsuit, Lianna "turned out to be a grifter, a Peeping Tom and an extortionist," who allegedly "secretly filmed Mariah engaged in personal activities which, if revealed, [Lianna, also known as Lianna Azarian] knew would be personally embarrassing and professionally damaging to Mariah." The legal docs also claim that Lianna "displayed the intimate videos to her friends and co-workers," and threatened to release the private videos she filmed for profit if Mariah ever fired her.

Not only that but Mariah additional claims her former employee used credit cards meant for business purposes "for her personal benefit."

The "GTFO" singer is suing Lianna, her executive assistant from March 2015 to November 2017, for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, extortion, and invasion of privacy, and is seeking upwards of $3,000,000 in damages.

Mariah's rep told People in a statement: "This new year welcomes Mariah’s continued efforts to clean the trash from her life. According to a complaint filed today in California, an executive assistant employed in 2015 to help with business and personal matters, turned out to be a grifter and extortionist. Because her threats and bad acts are too great to be ignored. Mariah has been compelled to file a lawsuit against her. Given that the evidence against this former assistant is vast and deplorable, we anticipate a victorious resolution. Mariah continues her streak of success this year with an upcoming North American tour and return to Vegas."

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