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Mariah Carey's Video Deposition Will Remain Sealed in $5 Million Battle With Ex-Assistant

By Ryan Naumann

Mariah Carey’s legal battle with her ex-assistant is heating up with a judge sealing video of the singer’s deposition.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Carey and her ex-employee have agreed to not allow the public to see the singer being grilled in the case.

Mariah sued her former personal assistant, Lianna Shakhnazaryan, accusing her of trying to blackmail her for $8 million with “intimate videos” of the singer. Mariah said the videos were filmed without her permission by Shakhnazaryan. The assistant denies all allegations and counter-sued Carey. Both cases are ongoing.

Recently, a New York judge ordered Carey could depose her ex-assistant by the end of the month. Carey will have to sit for a deposition by November 12.

In the newly filed court documents, Carey and Shakhnazaryan agreed to keep all copies of the videotaped depo under seal. They are not allowed to share the tape with any third parties.

The case is ongoing.

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Earlier this year, Mariah originally sued Lianna Shakhnazaryan, accusing her former assistant of trying to blackmail her for $8 million with “intimate videos” filmed without her permission.

The singer said she hired her in 2015 to be her personal assistant. She claimed claims Shakhnazarian “turned out to be a grifter, a Peeping (Tom)asina and an extortionist.” The singer originally sued Shakhnazarian for $3 million in damages.

Carey would amend her lawsuit to seek an additional $2 million in damages. She believed Shakhnazarian had leaked her medical records to the press, since the lawsuit was initiated.


Shakhnazarian denies all allegations of wrongdoing and says any actions she took were in response to legitimate business necessities. In regard to any claim by Carey for emotional distress, Shakhnazarian says any alleged damage was caused by third parties and not her.

She even argues any mental or emotional injuries Carey claims were caused by the singer's own actions. Shakhnazarian claims the alleged damages may have been the result of pre-existing conditions.

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