Mariah Carey’s rep has responded after the singer’s longtime manager Stella Stolper reportedly accused her of sexual harassment.
According to TMZ, Stolper said Carey, 48, was “constantly naked in front of her.” The website also stated Carey’s former worker accused the musician of doing “sexual things” in her presence.
However, the “Hero” star’s rep has now denied the accusations, telling ET Canada: “If this frivolous and baseless claim is filed, we will defend against it vigorously and successfully.”
The comments come after TMZ also revealed Stolper was planning to release information on Carey’s alleged substance abuse problem. Carey revealed last week that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001.
It was reported earlier Monday that Carey was being accused of violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act, and breach of contract, according to TMZ sources.
In a statement from Carey’s rep, it has been confirmed that Stopler has been fired: “Stella Bulochnikov was terminated from employment as Mariah’s manager due to failure to perform her job effectively and ill-serving her client.”
The statement continues: “Stella was not under contract for employment. She has been spreading false rumours to any media outlet that will publish them. We won¹t respond to lies and threats. Again, if this frivolous and baseless claim is filed, we will defend against it vigorously and successfully. It is also interesting to note that this is the first lawyer who will move forward on Stella’s behalf, having previously gone through three others who wouldn’t.”
Stolper is said to have been the “go-to person” during Carey’s engagement to Australian business magnate James Packer. The two were “joined at the hip,” the publication reported, until they parted ways last year.
TMZ also reported Stolper was “giving Carey an opportunity to make things right before the lawsuit is filed.”
The former manager is believed to be suing for a significant sum of money.