The alleged abuse took place over a period of 18 months.
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Jimmie Allen has been sued for alleged assault and sexual abuse by his former manager – who identifies as Jane Doe in a lawsuit obtained by Variety.
She is also suing her former employer, Wide Open Music, and Ash Bowers, its founder, who she claims terminated her after she told them about the alleged abuse (Wide Open Music also dropped Allen at the time).
The alleged abuse took place over a period of 18 months. In the lawsuit, Allen’s former manager recalled multiple incidents when the Down Home singer allegedly groped and raped her.
As the lawsuit shared by Variety states, Jane Doe claimed that Allen raped her in March 2021 while in Los Angeles filming an episode of American Idol (Allen was a contestant on the series during season 10, in 2011, and was a mentor in season 20).
"I was disconnected from my body, feeling a sense of panic," Jane Doe told Variety, recalling that at the time, she didn’t remember what happened – she woke up in the hotel room after a business dinner. Allen allegedly said to her, "'I've been thinking about this for so long.'"
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Another incident in the suit allegedly occurred in May 2021, when Allen was promoting his children’s book on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Doe claimed that Allen groped her breasts on the plane, pushed his erect penis on her, and attempted to push his fingers inside her.
Since the allegations came to light, Jimmie Allen has been dropped from his record label, BBR Music Group, and will no longer perform at CMA Festival in Nashville next month.
"In light of today's allegations against Jimmie Allen, BBR Music Group has decided to suspend all activity with him, effective immediately," the record label told Entertainment Tonight in a statement.
Allen denies the allegations. "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,” he said in a statement to People.
The statement continued, "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 [sic] to her claims and take all other legal action necessary to protect my reputation."