‘Nigel Lythgoe steps down as judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” amidst sexual assault lawsuits’
In a shocking turn of events, Nigel Lythgoe, well-known judge on the reality dancing show “So You Think You Can Dance,” has made the decision to step down from his role amidst two sexual assault lawsuits being filed against him. Lythgoe, who has been a judge on the show since its premiere in 2005, stated that he voluntarily made this decision in order to focus on clearing his name and restoring his reputation.
The production companies behind “SYTYCD,” which have now confirmed Lythgoe’s departure in a joint statement, have emphasized their commitment to the contestants. Despite Lythgoe’s absence, the upcoming season of the hit show will proceed, although a replacement judge has not yet been announced.
One of the lawsuits against Lythgoe has been filed by Paula Abdul, the former judge on “American Idol” and host of “SYTYCD.” Abdul alleges sexual assault during their time working together. In response, Lythgoe vehemently denies these allegations and calls them false and deeply offensive.
In addition to Abdul’s lawsuit, two contestants from the ABC talent competition show “All American Girl” have anonymously filed lawsuits against Lythgoe. They accuse him of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and negligence.
Lythgoe, who produced “American Idol” from 2002 to 2014 and “SYTYCD” from 2005 to 2014, has been a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for many years. However, these recent allegations have cast a shadow over his once esteemed reputation.
As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen how these lawsuits will affect Lythgoe’s career moving forward. For now, fans of “So You Think You Can Dance” will have to prepare for a season without the familiar face of Nigel Lythgoe at the judging table.
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