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Country Music Artist Jimmie Allen Sued for Sexual Abuse and Assault
Country music artist Jimmie Allen and others are being sued by his former manager who claimed he raped and sexually assaulted her.
Country music act Jimmie Allen, known for songs “Best Shot” and “Good Times Roll” with Nelly, is being sued by a former "day-to-day manager" during her time working for him. The ‘Jane Doe’ claims she was then fired by her employer, Wide Open Music, after asking to be assigned to a different artist.
Filed at the Middle Tennessee District Court, a complaint has been filed against Allen, 37, Bowers Management, and the company’s founder Ash Bowers, per Variety. The suit says that Doe was hired by Wide Open Music in 2020, one year after graduating from college.
The woman alleges that she was introduced to Allen as “promiscuous but harmless” by her employer, implying that the musician was known to make sexual advances. During the period of the alleged non-consensual relationship, Allen was married to his then wife Alexis Gale, who the artist separated from in April. Weeks before the sexual assault lawsuit went public, Gale filed for divorce from her husband of nearly three years.
Doe claims the harassment period of 18 months began with Allen asking her personal sexual questions, later advancing to inappropriate touching. In 2021, after Allen recorded an episode of American Idol, Doe says that she attended a dinner with Allen and other industry executives where she drank a couple of glasses of white wine. Doe says that she lost consciousness and hours later woke up naked in a hotel room beside Allen, with him “insisting she take Plan B as soon as possible." Doe, who claims she was a virgin before the alleged rape, says she "lost her virginity through no choice of her own and felt she had betrayed her faith."
The lawsuit continues with allegations of Allen groping the woman in public, with the artist also raping her in private and videotaping multiple encounters as blackmail to keep her quiet. Doe’s suit also reads that she asked to be reassigned in 2022, detailing the abuse to employers, who allegedly placed her on leave after the conversation. Days later, she was terminated. The suit specifies allegations of sex trafficking, battery, assault and false imprisonment.
Allen, who was immediately suspended by his label, BBR Music Group, and dropped from CMA Fest, responded through a statement from his attorney Andrew B. Brettler.
“It is deeply troubling and hurtful that someone I counted as one of my closest friends, colleagues and confidants would make allegations that have no truth to them whatsoever,” the statement reads. “I acknowledge that we had a sexual relationship — one that lasted for nearly two years. During that time she never once accused me of any wrongdoing, and she spoke of our relationship and friendship as being something she wanted to continue indefinitely. Only after things ended between us, did she hire a lawyer to reach out and ask for money, which leads me to question her motives. The simple fact is, her accusations are not only false, but also extremely damaging. I’ve worked incredibly hard to build my career, and I intend to mount a vigorous defense to her claims and take all other legal action necessary to protect my reputation.”
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