Mariah Carey says contracting COVID-19 could be a career-ending disaster for her based on the massive lung damage this nasty virus inflicts on its victims.
In new legal documents, obtained by The Blast, the ‘Honey’ singer is claiming she cannot sit for a deposition in the ongoing battle with her former assistant, Lianna Shakhnazarian, because of the huge risk of contracting the Coronavirus.
The singer’s lawyers filed documents asking a judge to order the assistant to stop continuing to press the singer to set for a deposition, mainly because, “COVID-19 presents risks to all people, including lung damage, heart damage, organ failure, and death.”
But, in the filing, they say “Unique to Mariah, however, is the potential career-ending impact of any lung damage.”
It continued, “If Mariah’s lungs are damaged, she will no longer be able to record music or perform and thus lose her ability to earn an income.”
The 50-year-old singer is asking that she not be required to be in the same room as anyone until the risk of contracting COVID-19 is mitigated.
So what about Zoom?
Well, Mariah says there is a huge risk in doing a remote meeting or deposition too. “Even a remote deposition poses a significant risk to Mariah’s (and her counsel’s) health and safety. Carey should not be forced to sit for a deposition that would pose a significant threat to her health and career,” the filing says.
“Mariah would seek to exercise her right to have her counsel present in-person to prepare for, and defend, her deposition. She would also need a technology team to set set-up the remote deposition and troubleshoot and glitches,” the filing states.
The bottom line, “A remote deposition is thus not a panacea and does not materially mitigate the risks of Mariah contracting COVID-19.”
In other words, just to get it up and running there would need to be a bunch of people around to help her set it up. Join the club.
As we reported, Mariah Carey is being sued by her ex-assistant, Lianna Shakhnazarian, who claims she was claimed she was subjected to sexual battery and harassment during her two years of employment with the singer — before being wrongfully terminated in 2017.
In the end, Mariah’s legal team claims there is NO rush to get this lawsuit and trial up and running so quickly due to the worldwide pandemic. The Los Angeles County court is backed up with cases and any potential trial might not even start until 2021.
Plus, there has been a second spike in the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus especially in California and New York, so Mariah is asking for the judge to protect her from contracting the virus.