According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Universal Music Publishing Group’s presence in Santa Monica has been “infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices and openly used in common areas, and lounges.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint comes from an anonymous security guard who describes herself as a 41-year-old African American woman who began working there in 2010. She’s suing Universal Music Group-owned UMPG, her employer Universal Protection Services, the building’s management and others over alleged labor violations, including a hostile work environment.
In her complaint, she speaks about how “artists and high-profile celebrities began visiting the premises with drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to Plaintiff, which she refused.”
The suing security guard says she repeatedly objected to superiors, but the building’s management “turned a blind eye,” adopting an “anything goes” philosophy. She says she personally witnessed drug use or drug paraphernalia by Macy Gray, guests of Jamie Foxx, MC Ren, rapper T.I.’s entourage and heard about drug use when Adam Levine visited. She also alleges that UMPG executives participated in the behavior.
The anonymous plaintiff says that she “became torn between her professional integrity and losing her job,” and her objections were laughed off.
For example, she says that on one occasion, Levine was at Universal Music Publishing Group’s recording studio with guests. The security guard complained about marijuana she smelled, asking who was in the studio. According to the security guard, the UMPG manager replied, “It’s Adam Levine. You know from Maroon 5 … He can do whatever he wants … If he wants to come to the lobby and do a line of cocaine on the floor, it’s OK.”
The security guard says she later complained to her supervisor at Universal Protection Services. She was allegedly told that the building’s management “is aware of what goes on in the studios, but it is not OK. He [Adam Levine] cannot be out there in the lobby doing that.” The recording studios are located in one of three buildings connected via courtyard. Across the way is UMPG.