Mariah Carey is suing her former personal assistant for more than $3 million (about R41 million) after accusing the ex-staff member of trying to blackmail her.
The 'Hero' hitmaker has accused Lianna Azarian - who she hired in March 2015 but fired in November 2017 - of secretly recording her doing "embarrassing" things and then threatening to release the videos unless her famous boss gave her $8 million (about R109 million).
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Mariah claims Lianna was secretly filming her "personal activities" and if the clips were made public, they could be extremely damaging to her, both personally and professionally.
The 48-year-old singer paid the employee up to $327,000 a year until she was fired, and claims the alleged blackmail started shortly afterwards.
After previously showing the videos to friends and claiming she would sell them if she was ever fired, Liana reportedly demanded the money and warned she'd release the videos and other damaging information once she was dismissed.