“Pervasive Drug Use” At Universal Music West Coast Office, Lawsuit Alleges
Universal Music Publishing Group's Santa Monica, CA office has been
"infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana
seeping from various offices, and openly used in common areas, and
lounges," according to a lawsuit filed in LA Superior Court Tuesday. The filing names several artists and executives involved in the alleged misconduct.
The complaint, obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, was filed under whistle blower laws by an anonymous 41-year-old African American female security guard. Despite marijuana being legal for California residents with a medical card, the woman is suing Universal Music Group Publishing, her employer Universal
Protection Services, and others alleging a hostile work environment.
Lawsuit Names Names
"Artists and high profile celebrities began visiting the premises with
drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to Plaintiff, which she
refused," according to the filing.Macy Gray, the entourages of Jamie Foxx and T.I., and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.
A UMPG exec allegedly told the plaintiff, "It's Adam Levine. You know from
Maroon 5 … He can do whatever he wants … If he wants to come to the
lobby and do a line of cocaine on the floor, it's ok."
"UMPG employees were complaining about finding bras hanging in the
studio and people being found passed out in the showers after partying
and drug use," according to the filing. "Plaintiff found condoms plastered in
the men's bathroom while on patrol."
Back in 2011
In 2011, rhe offices of Universal's Interscope Records were allegedly used by Jimmy Henchmen, manager of label artist The Game, as a drop off and pickup point for road cases filled with kilos of cocaine and more than $1 million in cash, according to documents filed by federal prosecutors. (Details here.)