Sony Pictures Investigating Nigel Lythgoe ‘SYTYCD’ Sexual Assault Claims

Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of the hit reality competition show “So You Think You Can Dance,” is currently under investigation by Sony Pictures Television, the studio that produces the show. The investigation comes in response to recent claims of sexual assault and harassment made against Lythgoe, with his job potentially hanging in the balance.

As an executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance” since its inception, Lythgoe has played a significant role in the show’s success. However, allegations made by Paula Abdul, a former judge on the show, have put his position at risk. In a lawsuit, Abdul claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by Lythgoe twice, once during her time on “American Idol” in the early 2000s and again while she was a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” in the 2010s.

Sony Pictures Television, which co-produces the show under its subsidiary 19 Entertainment, is conducting an internal probe into these allegations. The studio is taking the claims seriously and is determined to uncover the truth. Lythgoe has vehemently denied Abdul’s allegations, calling them “deeply offensive” and false.

While the investigation is ongoing, no decision has been made regarding Lythgoe’s future with the show. It remains to be seen if he will continue as an executive producer or if he will be allowed to serve as a judge in the upcoming season. Despite being announced to return as a judge for Season 18, which is set to air in March, his role is uncertain. Notably, Lythgoe did not serve as a judge in the previous season.

In addition to Lythgoe, 19 Entertainment is also named as a defendant in Abdul’s lawsuit. She has accused the company of sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, and negligence.

The outcome of the investigation will have significant implications for Lythgoe and the future of “So You Think You Can Dance.” As the studio delves deeper into the matter, it remains to be seen whether he will be able to maintain his position and continue his involvement with the show. The allegations made by Abdul have raised serious concerns, and it is crucial for Sony Pictures Television to address them appropriately and take any necessary actions to ensure a safe and respectful working environment.

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