The Hero hitmaker has taken Lianna Shakhnazarian, aka Lianna Azarian, to court docket claiming she tried to make use of “intimate videos” of the singer to land an $eight million (£6.25 million) payday and violated a non-disclosure settlement.
Shakhnazarian, who’s countersuing Carey for wrongful termination and harassment, has denied partaking within the extortion plot. However, earlier this 12 months she was additionally accused of trying to sabotage the musician’s case by eliminating evidence, which the mother-of-two argued would make it tough to problem claims suggesting she had permitted the private footage to be filmed.
Now a New York decide has agreed to penalise the former worker, after discovering she destroyed two movies and WhatsApp messages which may have boosted Carey’s argument.
According to the New York Post, Shakhnazarian was additionally dominated to have spilt water on the cellphone in query earlier than giving it away, despite the fact that she was already going through authorized motion from Carey.
In a choice issued on Friday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Andrew Borrok wrote: “Trading in her cellphone without taking any measures to save the videos, messages, and other data after this lawsuit was filed, when Ms. Shakhnazarian had an undeniable duty to preserve evidence, was grossly negligent, if not intentional.”
He went on: “(Shakhnazarian’s) actions constituted spoliation of critical evidence and severely prejudiced Ms. Carey’s ability to prosecute her case.”
Shakhnazarian has since been ordered to give up her present telephone for forensic examination, in addition to cowl attorneys’ charges for Carey concerning the evidence dispute.
The case has but to conclude.