Artists, Executives Allegedly Got High at Universal Music Group West Coast Office! [Details]
Rucuss staffApril 11, 2013
A security guard is blowing the whistle on what goes on at the Universal Music Group West Coast Office.
The unanimous guard filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The 41-year old woman is suing Universal Music Group-owned UMPG, her employer Universal Protection Services, the building’s management and others over alleged labor violations, including a hostile work environment, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Universal Music Publishing Group’s presence in Santa Monica has been “infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices and openly used in common areas, and lounges.”
The woman, who began working there in 2010, claims “artists and high-profile celebrities began visiting the premises with drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to her, which she refused.” She reveals she personally witnessed drug use or drug paraphernalia by Macy Gray, guests of Jamie Foxx, MC Ren, T.I.’s entourage and heard about drug use when Adam Levine visited. She also alleges that UMPG executives participated in the raucous behavior.
“UMPG employees were complaining about finding bras hanging in the studio and people being found passed out in the showers after partying and drug use,” said in the lawsuit. “Plaintiff found condoms plastered in the men’s bathroom while on patrol. She began witnessing UMPG employees engaged in intimate touching and grinding, involving buttocks and genitalia.”
The former security guard claims she was terminated after a bodyguard from T.I.’s entourage complained about her. She explained she was on duty and smelled marijuana seeping from the studio corridor when T.I was in a recording session with rapper Future on January 7th.
She was allegedly told that it was going to be “another busy night,” and later had trouble with T.I.’s bodyguards when she requested they move vehicles to the designated parking area. The request was refused, reportedly because the bodyguard said, “I gotta be able to get this boy outta here if a shootout or something goes down.”
The security guard complained to UMPG about what she was told. Two days later, she says she received a call from the operations manager at her security company, who informed her at a meeting that he was aware of her written complaints and told her that she was suspended.
She wasn’t allowed employment back on the premises. “In effect,” says the lawsuit, “Plaintiff was constructively terminated.” She is demanding an unspecified amount of lost and future earnings, medical bills and general and punitive damages.
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