Former Employee Sues Music Mogul L.A. Reid, Alleges Sexual Assault in 2001
NEW YORK — Antonio “L.A.” Reid, the Grammy-winning music executive who influenced the career of artists including Pink, Usher, and Mariah Carey, was sued by a former music executive who says he sexually assaulted her and derailed her career.
Dixon left Arista in 2002 and contends that her “meteoric trajectory” in the music business was cut short by Reid’s harassment.
Dixon is seeking unspecified damages.
The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they were sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly.
Messages left for Joel Katz, an attorney who represented Reid when Dixon first made her allegations public in 2017, weren’t immediately returned Wednesday night.
Dixon sued under New York state’s Adult Survivors Act, passed last year, which allows alleged victims of sexual abuse a one-year window to sue even if the original statute of limitations has passed. The deadline is Nov. 24.
In 2017, Reid left his position as CEO of Epic Records after a former female assistant accused him of sexual harassment.
Reid told The New York Times at the time: “I’m proud of my track record promoting, supporting and uplifting women at every company I’ve ever run. That notwithstanding, if I have ever said anything capable of being misinterpreted, I apologize unreservedly.”
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