Mariah Carey settles sexual harassment suit brought against her by former manager
Stella was reportedly seeking damages and interest, alleging that she is owed money because she was fired in the middle of a three-year contract.
American singer and songwriter, Mariah Carey has settled a lawsuit with her former manager, Stella Bulochnikov Stolper, who had accused her of sexual harassment, alleging Carey often was nude in front of her.
"The parties [have] reached a mutually agreed resolution to this matter," wrote an attorney for Stella, who managed Carey for three years through November 2017. Stella’s attorney declined to say whether the former manager had accepted a cash payoff.
According to the April 2018 lawsuit obtained by Page Six, Stella alleged the “We Belong Together” songstress often walked around nude while in her presence, making her uncomfortable.
Stella filed a summons in New York stating that she plans to sue Carey, 48, for allegedly violating the U.S. Civil Rights Act and the Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as breach of contract. Stella was reportedly seeking damages and interest, alleging that she is owed money because she was fired in the middle of a three-year contract.
A rep for Carey told Page Six, "Stella Bulochnikov was terminated from employment as Mariah's manager due to failure to perform her job effectively and ill-serving her client. Stella was not under contract for employment. She has been spreading false rumors to any media outlet that will publish them. We won’t 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."
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“After working together for almost three years, Mariah Carey and Stella Bulochnikov have determined that it is in their mutual best interest to part ways on day-to-day management,” Bulochnikov told Page Six in a statement in November. “During their time working together, they have accomplished great things, including, most recently, Mariah Carey’s new music and motion picture projects for this upcoming holiday season. Mariah Carey and Stella Bulochnikov remain partners in a number of business ventures, and will continue to support each other in those endeavors.”
Following the allegations made by her former staffer, Carey, in an interview with People opened up about her struggle with bipolar disorder. The singer who has sold over 200 million records and is regarded among the most successful singers of all time had found it difficult to come to terms with the diagnosis. She too was bogged down by the stigma attached to it. However, she has since sought treatment for the same.
She reflected: “For a long time I thought I had a severe sleep disorder. But it wasn’t normal insomnia and I wasn’t lying awake counting sheep. I was working and working and working … I was irritable and in constant fear of letting people down. It turns out that I was experiencing a form of mania. Eventually, I would just hit a wall. I guess my depressive episodes were characterized by having very low energy. I would feel so lonely and sad — even guilty that I wasn’t doing what I needed to be doing for my career.”
“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” Carey later announced. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”