Insane Clown Posse sued by former employee for harassment; Suit also contends unethical practices
1:13 PM, Sep 17, 2013
5:33 PM, Sep 17, 2013
(WXYZ) - Detroit rap group The Insane Clown Posse is being sued by a former publicist and attorney who claims she was subject to constant harassment during the time she was employed.
In a lawsuit filed in Oakland County Circuit Court, Andrea Pellegrini contends she was "mocked, belittled and the subject of sexual advances" by the top people at ICP's record label, Psychopathic Records.
The suit names Psychopathic Records, the company's President William Dail, Pellegrini's former supervisor at Psychopathic Robert Bruce, ICP members Joseph "Shaggy2 Dope" Ulster and Joseph "Violent J" Bruce, and Psychopathic employee Dan "Dirty Dan" Diamond as defendants.
Among the contentions in the lawsuit is that Pellegrini was given sex toys and other inappropriate items while at work. It also contends that Dail would "yell and demean" Pellegrini "on a regular basis," including calling her a "bitch" and telling her not to tell anyone that she worked for the company or to hand out business cards.
The lawsuit alleges that the harassment went on for years, naming incidents in from 2009 until she was terminated in November of 2012.
The suit also contends that she was asked to do "illegal and/or unethical things" during the course of her employment, including being asked to obtain automatic tommy-guns for a photo shoot. It also contends she was asked to do work that was not covered under her job description, including acting as In-House counsel during interactions with the US government, despite not having be officially named to that position.
Pellegrini argues in the suit that she was terminated when she "refused to act unethically or illegally, and reported the sexual harassment."
The suit demands compensation for medical expenses, emotional distress, pain and suffering, fright and shock, horror, outrage and indignity, economic damages including lost wages and/or loss or earning capacity, exemplary damages, punitive damages, hedonic damages, attorney costs and fees, compensation for economic and non-economic damages, interest on allowable damages and any other damages allowed under the law.
Neither Insane Clown Posse nor their record label have responded to the lawsuit yet.