In a video posted on social media, the singer addressed the lawsuit filed by singer Emaza Gibson, in which she accused him of canceling her record contract after she rejected his sexual advances, and he strongly denied any wrongdoing.
Normally I wouldn’t comment on this, but these accusations are completely false and hurtful, Derulo said in a video posted on Instagram in October. 5. I reject any form of harassment and continue to support those who follow their dreams. I have always tried to live my life in such a way that it has a positive impact, and that is why I am sitting here in front of you, deeply offended by these defamatory statements. God bless you.
His testimony comes hours after Gibson filed the lawsuit against him, as well as his record label Future History and Atlantic Records, in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
In the lawsuit, she says that the artist Whatcha Say contacted her about a joint venture between Atlantic Records, where she was under contract, and Future History in August 2021.
As part of the deal, Gibson would work closely with Derulo on a mixtape. one album and one single. Gibson said in the lawsuit that he agreed, but things did not go as he had hoped.
During the music recording, Derulo informed the plaintiff that the plaintiff would have to deal with goat skin and fish scales if she wanted to succeed in this business, also known as the music industry, which is a Haitian reference related to performing sexual rituals, sacrificing a goat, goat blood and the use of cocaine, the lawsuit says.
The nature and timing of such a statement meant that Derulo demanded sexual acts from the author so that Derulo could fulfill his role as a mentor, supervisor and musical collaborator. This explicit demand for sex in exchange for success was reinforced by subsequent behaviors. on Derulo.
Gibson said in the lawsuit that Derulo often scheduled nightly recording sessions and constantly pressured her to drink, even though she had expressed that she did not drink. In addition, she noted in the lawsuit that they met with Atlantic executives in November 2021 to discuss their careers, and that Derulo told her minutes before the meeting that a woman named Rosa would come to them. Gibson claimed that when they were left alone, Rosa said that Derulo invited her because he was trying to get into the shit with her and have sex.
According to the lawsuit, Derulo’s manager Frank Harris , who is also named among the defendants , later asked Gibson how the meeting went, and she told him that Rosa’s presence surprised her.
Derulo immediately lost control, the lawsuit alleges, and began hitting his arms aggressively and yelling, ‘What does she have to do with you!? We didn’t want to tell you anything! We don’t have to tell him. something!’
Gibson said in the lawsuit that Derulo was silent on his questions after the New York trip, but they met at his residence in Malibu in June 2022, during which she asked him about his budget for his music. but they told her that she was worried. about the wrong things. Gibson claimed that they met for a recording session days later, but Derulo blamed her after she arrived an hour late due to traffic.
Her employment with Atlantic Records and Future History ended in September 2022, she noted in the lawsuit, and no one ever came close to Derulo’s sexually, emotionally and physically inappropriate behavior towards her.
According to the lawsuit, Gibson is suing for sexual harassment in return, failure to prevent and/or remedy harassment, retaliation in violation of the FEHA, sexual harassment in violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, intimidation and violence in violation of the Ralph Civil Law. Human Rights Act, breach of contract and breach of the agreement of good faith and corporate loyalty. She demands unpaid wages, loss of wages, deferred compensation, other labor benefits, as well as compensation for damages, including for emotional stress.