“The Voice” singer Jordan Pruitt took to Instagram to speak up about filling a lawsuit against her alleged molester and those who enabled him.
She is suing her former label, Hollywood Records, its parent company, the Walt Disney Co., and her former manager, who she says molested her — with the abuse beginning when she was just 14 years old.
According to “People”, Jordan named her alleged abuser as producer and songwriter Keith Thomas after originally filing in early August using pseudonyms. She is suing Hollywood Records and Disney for failing to “prevent” the abuse “from occurring.”
The lawsuit also alleges that the label encouraged her to work with Ketih as her mentor and producer and allowed him to be “unsupervised” when with her. She claims that he was very controlling when it came to her career, and that he even forbade her from communicating with boys her age, “deleting male contacts from her cell phone.”
Keith allegedly controlled “the bookings, studio sessions, tour schedules, public relations schedules and media requests” and would spew hurtful comments about her “weight, looks, voice, songwriting ability, maturity and intelligence.”
“The beating-down process was soon repeatedly followed by a period of incredible showering of attention, compliments, flirting touching and assurances that Keith ‘loved [Jordan].’”
Jordan claims that the alleged abuse began when she was 15 and didn’t stop until before her 16th birthday, also alleging Keith to have taken her virginity, and that she was “drugged and anally penetrated”—occurring at the Staples Center, on sound stages at the Warner Bros. lot, in artists’ trailers, hotel rooms, and parked cars.
She tells Variety, “Unfortunately, these large companies are primarily concerned with sales, money and charts. Too often they fall short of protecting the young talent that they are ‘supposed’ to be caretakers for. Time and time again we see people in positions of power fail us. I couldn’t be more disappointed in how Disney treats their underage talent like cash cows.”
Disney and Hollywood Records have yet to release statements regarding the issue, but this will surely affect these two companies gravely.
Photo courtesy of Jordan Pruitt’s Instagram account
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