Mariah Careyâs ex-manager has filed paperwork with the courts in New York ahead of a lawsuit against her former client. That planned lawsuit is set to include allegations of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty and violations of employment and civil rights law, while seeking allegedly unpaid fees, damages, interest and costs.
It already sounds like a fun bit of litigation. And that was before lawyers working for Stella BulochnikovÂ told gossip website The BlastÂ that Carey is a âtrain wreckâ who is âaddicted to alcohol, prescription pills and marijuanaâ and owes her former manager millions of dollars. If Carey doesnât settle with her former manager, the legal people add, a âblockbuster exposĂ© lawsuitâ will definitely follow, including, says The Blast, âseveral sordid detailsâ.
CareyÂ parted company with BulochnikovÂ last year. At the time the singer and manager said that they had âdetermined that it is in their mutual best interest to part ways on day-to-day managementâ. But, their statement added, the two women would continue to work together on a number of business ventures in which they were both partners.
However, the real story behind the collapse of the two womenâs working relationship might now come to light if this litigation goes ahead. In his conversation with The Blast, Bulochnikovâs lawyer Pierce OâDonnell also talks about one of the higher profile Carey moments that occurred while his client was managing the star:Â her disastrous turn on the âNew Yearâs Rockin Eveâ showÂ from Times Square in New York at the end of 2016.
The poor performance was blamed on technical issues at the time. However, The Blast now quotes OâDonnell as saying that the real problem was that Carey was âstoned out of her mindâ. The lawyer goes on: âStella pled with Mariah to get sober and she refused. Stella then became her constant guardian and protectorâ.
Much more recently, Carey was in the news just last week after givingÂ an interview to People magazine. In it, she revealed that she was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder in 2001, but until recently refused to accept this.
âI didnât want to carry around the stigma of a lifelong disease that would define me and potentially end my careerâ, Carey told People. âUntil recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldnât do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love â writing songs and making musicâ.
OâDonnell says that this is âa big lieâ, and that while Carey does have a diagnosis of bi-polar, âthe reason that she is in the position she is in now is she refused to take her medicationâ. Although that statement would more seem to vindicate Careyâs fears than prove she hasnât begun receiving proper treatment.
Either way, this is all presumably a preview of the kind of claims that could be made in court if this lawsuit is actually filed and then goes the distance. OâDonnell adds that his client helped Carey revitalise her career but was then fired. âWhat did she get in return for her success as a manager and protector?â the lawyer asks. âBeing summarily dischargedâ.
For now, at least, Carey doesnât seem to be in any mood to settle with her former manager. A rep for the singer told the gossip site that âif this frivolous and baseless claim is filed, we will defend against it vigorously and successfullyâ.