[TMZ] A singer has just filed a lawsuit claiming she was s*xually mol*sted when she was just 14 by her producer/agent/mentor.
The lawsuit does not mention the name of the girl or the alleged perpetrator. It claims she recorded an album in 2005 when she was 14, and she was signed to a 7-album deal.
The lawsuit claims the entertainment company she worked with is “one of the most beloved, best-known and most valuable companies in the history of the world.”
She says she was introduced to a man who was assigned to be her day-to-day producer/mentor/agent.
She says he became very controlling and the relationship changed. She claims in the lawsuit he began telling her he loved her and they were soulmates. She says he also made negative comments about her looks and weight.
She says he would rub and fondle her gen*tals and her body, digitally penetrate her and he would orally cop*late her and forced her to do the same to him. She also claims they had int*rcourse, both v*ginally and an*lly. On one occasion she claims she was drugged before an*l int*rcourse.
She claims the man spent a significant amount of time with her mom to “groom” her.
The girl says the s*xual abuse continued for 2 years … on occasion at Staples Center, a music video set on the Warner Bros. lot, hotels, cars on public streets and other places.
She’s suing the alleged perpetrator, along with people she claims were enablers.
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[Optional] What do you think will happen?
Singer: Jordan Pruitt
Producer: Keith Thomas
Entertainment Company: Hollywood Records/Disney
‘The Voice’ Alum Jordan Pruitt Suing Former Manager, Hollywood Records, Disney Over Alleged Abuse
Jordan Pruitt has filed a lawsuit against her former manager Keith Thomas, accusing the producer and songwriter of sexually abusing her. The suit also names Hollywood Records and parent company The Walt Disney Company, accusing them of failing to prevent the abuse from Thomas, who Pruitt claims began sexually abusing her when she was 14. Thomas’ company, Levosia Entertainment, is also named in the suit.
“3 weeks ago as ‘Jane Doe’ I filed a lawsuit against my molester and those who enabled him,” the singer, who was a contestant on Season 3 of The Voice, posted on social media Tuesday. “No more Jane Doe. I am Jordan Pruitt.”
The suit was filed on Aug. 30 and seeks damages for allegations of sexual battery of a minor, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, negligent supervision, negligent retention/hiring, negligent failure to warn train or educate and breach of fiduciary duty. A copy of the suit obtained by Billboard alleges that Hollywood encouraged the then-underage to work with Thomas as a mentor and producer and allowed him to be “unsupervised” with her.
It claims that Thomas, acted with “full knowledge, consent and assistance of Disney and Hollywood Records to exploit these relationships in order to gain access to Platintiff, and to set up, facilitate, and arrange meetings and encounters between he and the minor Plaintiff for the purpose of Keith Thomas engaging in childhood sexual abuse of Plaintiff.”
In a statement sent to Billboard, Pruitt’s attorney, Keith Davidson, said his client, “like far too many child stars, was exploited by the very people who should have been protecting her. Jordan’s innocence was robbed from her as she was systematically groomed, molested, and controlled by a predator employed by Disney, a company that sells happiness to children. Disney had a duty to protect Jordan from Keith Thomas, and failed at every step.
In his own biography, Keith Thomas acknowledges his working relationship with Jordan Pruitt.
…in 2005 Keith formed Levosia Entertainment, with an emphasis on developing young undiscovered talent. His initial discovery, Jordan Pruitt, he signed with Hollywood Records, and in conjunction with the release of her debut album, No Ordinary Girl, Jordan opened for numerous Disney sponsored concert tours, including High School Musical: The Concert, The Cheetah Girls and Demo Lovato.
Keith Thomas is well known in the music industry. He has worked with Whitney Houston, Jessica Simpson, Luther Vandross, Amy Grant, Bebe & Cece Winans, 98°, Vanessa Williams, Brian McKnight, Mandy Moore, and Amy Foster. He now tends to work with young, female YouTube stars.
You can read the entire story on Billboard. Warning: The details of the grooming and abuse are disturbing.
Good for Jordan for speaking out!
Hollywoodhaha was first with the correct answer.
I concur with a lot of the guesses here that it is in fact Jojo (R&B singer), but I am shocked by how many people on this site don’t know that Jojo Siwa isn’t the person being referenced. How young/old are the people who visit this site?
Whoever this is, I’m very sad for her.
Hello, I am sorry but why have soooooo many mentioned people of interest that with a single Google shows that it is impossible to be the star that have been molested… Do you not read?
I did found very very quick that it is Jordan Pruitt. Read her coming out in 2016. It is very similar to this. Just less details in her 2016 coming out, everything else fits in perfectly.
I meant ofcourse that her coming out was in 2018….
People, stop confusing JoJo and Jojo Siwa. One is almost thirty and WAS about fourteen at that time and one is barely sixteen. Two different people.
Jordan Pruitt (born in 1991, age 14 in 2005), since she’s publicly stated last year that she was molested as a young teen by someone in the industry.
I’m not sure who it is but it’s definitely NOT Taylor Swift, she is too old as she was born in 1989.
If this is Jojo, then she worked with Beau Dozier. You’ll find a lot bad said about him. He is Joss Stone’s ex.
Taylor Swift or Mylie Cyrus
Producer: Vincent Herbert (Tamar Braxton’s husband)
Taylor Swift signed a record deal at 14. Maybe her?
awful this is Kesha, Dr Luke
Miley Cyrus……Really sad..
Nope, she’s too young.
Its Jordan Pruitt, manager Keith Thomas. Her career never really took off during all this. It’s also interesting after he did a song with mandy more, I want to be with you, he vanished from the industry for three years.
One of two-
T Swift – Big Machine Records -Scott Borschetta (sp)
JoJo- Blackground Records affiliated with RKelly
Singer: Rita Ora
Producer: Jay Brown
Entertainment Company: RocNation
There held her in a contract for a few years while stonewalling her releases and her making music, she took them to court over it, i believe. If I remember rightly she said something in a interview about her having a strange relationship with an older man, which left her with a constant insecure need to please and feel good enough. Not a fan but regardless if this happened, its majorly effed up.
Especially for a company that is trying to be socially conscious, even more so right now. jay brown and jay-z have been tight for years, if this is true. so i don’t believe he can’t of know about this. The music industry really needs to be brought into touch over the treatment of artists and employers.
Disney Star was about 14 in 2005 and very popular.
Recording Company: Disney or Universal
She disappeared after her second album which would indicate something happened for her to walk away from a 7 album deal.
What do you think will happen? Hope she has evidence and she can find justice. Without evidence, it’s his word vs her word and we have had too many false accusations lately that I believe it will go no where if she doesn’t have evidence. Wish her luck!
Singer: Jordan Pruitt
Producer: Keith Thomas
Entertainment co: Hollywood records
Interestingly, there is a 2 part interview by music business radio w/Keith Thomas abt Jordan, YouTube channel is jordanpruittorg
Many strange statements by Thomas, calling her an old soul, saying she did things 15 year olds shouldn’t be doing and idk, just his overall gushing feels creepy. She says she now KNOWS she’s not the only one, so maybe they will also come forward soon! Who did he oversee…
14 in 2005… that makes me think of Jojo. She was very popular then. If this is true, this is so sad. She’s been through a lot to take control back of her career, I’d hate to think this contributed to it.
Jamie Lynn Spears
mystery man 2 says
Dan Schneider not a music producer he a tv producer and creator
I’m thinking this is Jojo. She’s about the right age, having been born in 1990. She was pretty big for a few years, but then kind of vanished so maybe what was happening behind the scenes is why.
This is devastating.
The singer sounds like Jojo.
Actually, checks out, this is definitely Jojo. She was 14 when production for her 2nd album began in 2005, performed at Staples around that time, too. Had a 7-year album contract she fought to get out of and won the lawsuit.
Jordan Pruitt who signed with Hollywood Records, owned by Disney Music.
I’m going to guess Frank Fitzpatrick for the producer
Jojo is my guess for the singer. I hate that it would happen to anyone! Whoever it is, I’m so glad they are finally trying to hold their perpetrator accountable.
Sounds like Jojo but she would’ve been 15 instead of 14.
Taylor Swift? She would have been 14 in 2005
Spyci Paprika says
No idea who the producer is
Debut Album 9/27/2005
Through Columbia and Nick Records
If so, it explains a lot. Terrible!
Singer : Taylor Swift
Producer: Dan Dymtrow
Entertainment company: Big Machine reconds, or Sony.
given the age of the blind (2005), I’m going to guess K$sha. although I thought she and Dr. Luke had settled their beef.
Nope. Definitely Jordan Pruitt. Came from Disney and has spoken very openly about this in the past.
I take it back. This is definitely JoJo. The timeline works. She signed a 7 album deal with Blackground. She appeared at the Staples Centre early in her career.
Makes sense as to why they effectively halted her career for the last 5 years of the contract if this level of abuse was communicated (similar to Kesha, they weren’t going to let her out of her contract, what else could they do?!).
I can only think ofJoJo
Jojo Levesque and Timbaland
Singer: Kesha , or one of the girls produced by R. Kelly.
Producer: R. Kelly and Rockland Records., Or Dr. Luke.
Entertainment company: Rockland Reconds , or RCA
Is this Jojo?
I’m going with Taylor Swift and Scooter Braun
Singer: Jordan Pruitt
Entertainment Company: Disney
Jojo? Total guess. What will happen? Nothing, unfortunately
Jamie Lynn Spears and AJ Michalka were both born in 1991.
Sadly, I think this is JoJo. She is the right age and made a huge splash with her first few songs at a young age then just disappeared…. this would explain why.
Company has to be Disney, based on the description.
Looked up “singer signed to Disney in 2005” and came up with Jordan Pruitt. Producer is Keith Thomas.
Lock him up. Probably did this to many girls.
Yikes, Miley Cyrus?
That would certainly explain a lot…
Producer: Mitchell Gossett
Entertainment Company: Walt Disney
JoJo. Always thought something happened to her. #1 single in 2004, recorded album in 2005 and had a 7 album deal with Blackground Entertainment and its imprint Da Family Records. Poor thing. Hope this brings her some strength and closure.
Keeping Honest says
If it is him it looks a little wired she is doing it AFTER Scott called her out on some things. Taylor loves drama. She writes about ex’s and calls them out publicly. She’s constantly in arguments with Katy and Kardashian’s. Now she’s ticked off republicans (that was most her fans). I’m not saying she’s lying bc sometimes it takes anger to bring it out into the light. She is going to have a bigger battle now that she’s going after him when he disagreed with her so publicly.
At first I thought JoJo as she fits the age but she released her first album in 2004, so not sure now?
Disney. Unsure about the producer.
It’ll be shoved under the rug or she’ll be shamed.
Maybe Keith Thomas for the producer.
Table Tennis says
JoJo for the singer, she was born in December of 1990 and would have been 14 for almost all of 2005 when she recorded “The High Road”.
Not sure on the producer, but she was signed to Blackground Records who Wiki quote “held her in a tight contract, refusing to release new music and tried to silence her as an artist. To this day JoJo has no rights to her old music, and has re-recorded the first two albums and other singles that Blackground has in the vault.”
Table Tennis says
Oops, she was also signed to UNIVERSAL MOTOWN for her early albums as well. That fits the “one of the most beloved, best-known and most valuable companies” clue better.
Taylor Swift signed to Sony Publishing in 2004 and met Borchetta then… the deal was formalized in 2005 although the number of albums is off. Unless she bought her way out and got Lover freed for her new deal with Republic.
So Taylor Swift – Scott Borchetta – Big Machine.
Jojo, her entertainment company was Universal and I’m guessing the producer/agent was Barry Hankerson. Both of her parents were drug addicts. Absolutely deplorable that this predator took avantage of her situation. Wish her healing on this journey to getting justice.
Jojo. She was 14 when her first album came out in 2005. And she signed the deal in 2004. Her label is owned by Universal Music Group.
little sherlock says
Sounds a lot like Jojo but she was born in 2003, so it can’t be her.
idk the producer
OMG, give him HELL Jamie Lynn Spears! Very long overdue.
Oh no. Was it Max Martin and Taylor Swift ? 🙁
Hollywood Records/The Walt Disney Company
Producer: Keith thomas
Company: diSney company with Hollywood records
Jojo or Miley
Taylor Swift recorded her first album in 2005 when she was 14.
The company was Big Machine and Scott Borchetta produced. Here’s the smelly part: She has sat on this all these years only to come out with this after Borchetta sold his company and her book of master recording to a new company.
The problem with MeToo is when it’s used for personal gain. She could have come forward with this before, if true. Why now?
Why NOT now? Maybe she needed time to process the trauma? We don’t know why and that’s not the point at all. If it happened, the abuser should be punished. Period.
Why SHOULDN’T the victim sue for personal gain??? After all, that’s why the abuser did it – for his own gain. We don’t know *why* the timing was chosen. It could be for any number of reasons.
You clearly have no idea how trauma manifests. Some have immediate responses but most people practice denial, avoidance, suppression or normalisation.
And unless you have these questions for the gymnasts and alter boys who also said nothing at the time I also think you’re biased against famous people.
Well. Taylor Swift was discovered at 14 and signed by mentor/producer/manager/whatever Scott Borchetta then, recorded an album in 2005 that was released in 2006. I really hope this isn’t her. But this type of thing can happen to anyone. It’s honestly horrific and it’s kinda icky to be guessing who it might be. Ugh. Whoever this happened to, it’s not your fault and I hope this suit ends with you stronger and taking back control.
She might get a little press and some montary compensation. But as with Kesha, mostly lip service and semi fake sympathy from industry insiders. They’ll most likely try to settle out of court and try to keep this sordid mess from blowing the lid off the entertainment industry cesspool.
Jojo Siwa was about two in 2005.
JoJo was born in 1990, so 14-15 in 2005
Big Machine Records?
I don’t know but WOW, that info hurts my heart to hear! I hope that Taylor (or whomever this is) can drag this “man” (monster is more like it) through the mud, just as he did to her, while suing him and winning mega millions. And all of that STILL isn’t enuff to compensate her for loss of her youth, innocence, etc. I wish her the absolute best and hope she can find peace.
She was 16 in 2005. And her contract with big machine was for 6 albums, not 7. And since she was so vocal about the sexual assault during a photoshoot, I’m sure a horrible situation like this would have come up during that trial.
She was born in 1989, so she would have been older than 14.
I thought so too, but Taylor was 16 in ‘05.
Taylor Swift was 15 in 2005.
Well most of 2005. Her birthday is December so she turned 16 late 2005
Could this be JoJo?
I’m not sure what will happen, but I sincerely hope that justice is served! Too many young people in the entertainment industry are victimized and the perps are rarely punished.
JoJo was 2 years old in 2005.
I think it could definitely be JoJo (not the blind you tuber, but JoJo Levesque). She was born in 1990 so it fits.
This was obviously singer JoJo who was born in 1990, not that super colorful YouTube kid. I don’t think she’s who this is in reference to, her issues were that her music was held ransom, just clarifying who “JoJo” was.
I think the OP meant JoJo the R&B singer.
@4sixx2 Jojo came out with ‘Get Out’ in 2004, not sure what you’re talking about.
No 4sixx2 JoJo was 14 in 2005
Not JoJo Siwa, JoJo the pop singer; she was born late 1990, so she would have been 14 most of 2005.
No, JoJo was born in December 1990, which would have made her 14yo in most of 2005… her single “Leave (Get Out)” was released in 2004, according to wiki
She means Jojo the singer. I believe she’s around 30 now. She sang the song “Get Out” when she was only 12. She signed a 7 record deal and worked with Aaliyah’s uncle Barry but the record company screwed her over big time.
This is the first person I thought of for this, too.
She’s talking about the original Jojo, no Jojo Siwa or whatever her name is.
OP meant Jojo Levesque, the singer from the mid-aughts, who was in fact 14 years old in 2005 (born December 1990). I think this guess is right, unfortunately.
It fits. Jojo is 29. She was 14 in 2005.
Not the dancer JoJo Siwa, they meant the “original” JoJo, singer Joanna Levesque.
4sixx2 : Not that Jojo,
Jojo the singer who had a big hit in 2004 with Leave (right now) when she was 13
i dont think they mean jojo siwa, more likely joanna noëlle levesque aka the singer jojo who wouldve been 14/15 in 2005.
Jojo Siwa, Jojo the singer of the early 2000s hit “Leave! Get out”. This is also who I thought of, esp the way her record label has ruined her career.
She’s not referring to JoJo Suwannee, but a singer that only goes by Jojo. She’s 28, so it could be her.
I meant JoJo Siwa
LOL pretty sure chesty is talking about the other JoJo, the one who was a successful young singer in the early/mid 2000s. If this is what was going on behind the scenes, it makes sense that her career was so derailed.
Not JoJo Siwa, but “JoJo” Levesque.
My bad! I, indeed, thought Chesty was referring to JoJo Siwa. I had never heard of the other JoJo. Mea culpa!
Singer: Jamie Lynn Spears
Producer: Dan Schneider
What will happen: settle out of court
It fits. I think you’re correct.
I think you got it. Nice work!
Jamie Lynn didn’t start recording until later. In 2005, she was acting. I think this is JoJo Levesque.
Lurky Lou says
Nah I don’t think this is it. Spears released her first single end 2013, then another in 2016…. don’t think she has a 7-record deal somehow.
I don’t think it’s Jamie Lynn Spears
She only released an EP in 2014, but nothing else and by the time she did release it, she was 22
Good guess though