Mariah Carey’s Ex-Assistant Penalized For Destroying Evidence In Singer’s Lawsuit
Mariah Carey sued Shakhnazaryan for $3 million last year, alleging that she secretly recorded videos of the singer and violated a nondisclosure agreement.
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Andrew Borrok ruled in Mariah Carey’s favor regarding her request to sanction Shakhnazaryan. He determined Shakhnazaryan destroyed evidence – two videos and even WhatsApp messages – that Carey could have used in her lawsuit.
Shakhnazaryan also gave away her cell phone after spilling water on it in the heat of the lawsuit. Borrok said this also destroyed evidence. He wrote in court documents, according to Page Six:
“Trading in her cellphone without taking any measures to save the videos, messages, and other data after this lawsuit was filed, when Ms. Shakhnazarian had an undeniable duty to preserve evidence, was grossly negligent, if not intentional.”
“[Her] actions constituted spoliation of critical evidence and severely prejudiced Ms. Carey’s ability to prosecute her case.”
Shakhnazaryan was ordered to give her current cell phone over for forensic examination. She’ll also have to pay Mariah Carey’s attorney fees.
In her lawsuit, Carey alleges Shakhnazaryan told blogs that Carey used her American Express card to pay for a $273,000 shopping spree in Colorado on Christmas Eve in 2016, butt fillers, and a fat-melting treatment. Shakhnazaryan allegedly also told blogs that Carey cheated on her then-fiancé James Packer with the backup dancer she is now dating, Bryan Tanaka.
Shakhnazaryan allegedly kept inappropriate videos of Carey as an “insurance policy” in case the singer fired her. She is said to have hatched a plan to sell the footage to the media so she could buy a house. Shakhnazaryan then allegedly threatened to use the information when Carey fired her for being late to work in November 2017. That’s when Carey filed the lawsuit. But Shakhnazaryan still allegedly:
“disclosed non-public information about Carey’s personal, medical and professional affairs to the press.”
The lawsuit also states,
“Carey expected Azarian would be a loyal ally in her business and personal life. Azarian was anything but: she was an opportunist, a voyeur, a Peeping Thomasina and an extortionist.
“Unsatisfied with her extraordinary compensation, access and lifestyle, Azarian sought to grow her wealth by robbing Carey of her privacy.”
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