Singer Mariah Carey is suing her former personal assistant for more than $3 million, alleging she secretly videotaped Carey doing “embarrassing” things and then threatened to release the tapes unless Carey paid her $8 million, TMZ reports.
The lawsuit was filed against Lianna Azarian, also known as Lianna Shakhnazarian. “Mariah says she hired Azarian back in March 2015 as an Executive Assistant. Mariah claims it wasn’t long before Azarian went to town with her credit card, buying personal stuff and also claiming to retailers she was buying things for Mariah, trading the singer’s goodwill to get deep discounts,” TMZ reports.
The report adds: “Carey says unbeknownst to her, Azarian was secretly filming her ‘personal activities’ … which would be ’embarrassing,’ and extremely damaging both personally and professionally if revealed.
“Mariah says Azarian showed some of the videos to friends, saying if she was ever fired she’d sell them.”
Azarian, who was reportedly being paid as much as $327,000 a year, was fired by Carey in November 2017, and the alleged blackmail attempt began soon afterward.
The lawsuit does not specify the content of the videos, but describes some as “intimate.”