It’s November, which means the Christmas season has already begun. The unofficial Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey should be spending the next 47 days napping on a plush red velvet throw while visions of sugar plums remind her of the time she could still hit and hold the high note in “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Instead, she’s got some pressing legal issues to deal with at the moment. TMZ says that one of her former security guards has drafted up a possible lawsuit containing some extremely messy allegations.
Michael Anello’s security company was employed by Mariah from June 2015 to May 2017. According to the lawsuit, which hasn’t officially been filed yet, Michael claims Mariah stiffed him on money, sexually harassed him, and said some racist things.
First the money, Michael claims that Mariah owes his company $221,329.51 in unpaid invoices. He also states Mariah promised him two more years of work worth $511,000, for a total of $732,329.51 in money owed. Onto the harassment claims, Michael, who is white, says that Mariah often referred to him and a colleague as Nazis, skinheads, and KKK members, and that she made it known she wanted to be surrounded by “black guys” and not white people.
Michael also accuses Mariah of performing “sexual acts” with the intent they be viewed by him During a trip to Mexico, Michael says that Mariah asked him to come to her room and move some luggage for her. When he arrived, Mariah’s bits were on display in a see-through negligee that was open in the front. According to Michael, he tried to leave, but she demanded he stay and move her luggage. He left the room, and adds that there was no physical contact made.
Mariah’s people tell TMZ that they’re working with his lawyer to pay some of the outstanding invoices, but he’s not happy with what they’re offering. Mariah’s team also had no knowledge about any sexual harassment claims.
It sounds like she could use a refresher course on workplace no-nos, but I have a hard time picturing Mariah Carey saying such hateful things. Or any things, for that matter. I can’t really picture Mariah Carey having the energy to say anything to an employee beyond an hourly request for a champagne top-up.