Former “Access Hollywood” host Maria Menounos has been hit with a lawsuit accusing her of defamation, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. blog.
Lindsay Albanese, who worked as a stylist for Menounos from 2005-09, filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, claiming she attended a gift suite event in Hollywood in June when Menounos asked to talk with her, the story says. Menounos allegedly "loudly accused [Albanese] of stealing by claiming, ‘Dolce and Gabbana won’t lend to me anymore because they said you never return anything,’" the piece notes.
Albanese claims Menounos told people that Albanese had been stealing from her, and Albanese alleges she has lost clients because of the false accusations, the piece says.
Menounos’ attorney said the suit is "absolutely meritless and a poor attempt to extort money from Ms. Menounos," the article notes. Damages aren’t specified in the suit.