Jennifer Lopez is reportedly suing her former driver for $20 million, making claims of extortion and defamation.
The former American Idol judge judge has accused her former chauffeur, Hakob Manoukian of threatening to expose ”disruptive and potentially damaging” information about her, unless she paid him $2.8 million, after he forced to resign late last year.
The 43-year-old singer alleges that an attorney representing Manoukian – who sued Jennifer, her manager Benny Medina and Marc Athony for breach of contract in April – threatened to blackmail her by disclosing ”sensitive and personal information that he had allegedly overheard” on the job, if she did not pay him the sum.
But according to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, Manoukian had signed a confidentiality agreement prior, prohibiting him from disclosing anything he heard regarding Jennifer’s business or her family.
The driver is now seeking compensatory, general damages and overtime compensation, and claims that J.Lo agreed to pay him more than $200,000 per year.
According to the suit, Manoukian said things went downhill when Jennifer began filming What to Expect When You’re Expecting last year, where the driver claims he was ill-treated by Lopez’s manager Medina.
Manoukian claims Medina “hated his guts from the start… claiming Benny would often rip him for the way he dressed, cussed him out in public and told him he could not speak English well enough,” according to TMZ.
He states this was the reason Jennifer demoted him.