Lawsuit Alleges ‘Massive Marijuana Use’ at Universal, Names T.I, Macy Gray & More as Drug Users

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The lawsuit states that UMPG would contact her when on duty to give her a “heads up” to expect “blazers,” slang for marijuana smokers.
“UMPG notified Plaintiff they had candles and incense to put in the studio lounge to keep down the marijuana smell,” says the complaint. “On another occasion, UMPG notified Plaintiff to expect Jimmy Iovine of Interscope/Geffen Records and to ‘make sure to keep the front gate open.’ When Iovine arrived, Plaintiff escorted Iovine to the lounge area, where as they walked down the hallway corridor, it was occupied with candles and incense burning.” She adds that when she arrived with Iovine in the lounge, she witnessed “blazers,” along with “American Idol” participants.

The salacious complaint then details all sorts of other activities happening around the security guard — She was told to be on high alert when rapper YG and his entourage would show up and to make sure there weren’t guns around. She says she was subjected to racial slurs from artists. And that it was a sexually-charged workplace.

“UMPG employees were complaining about finding bras hanging in the studio and people being found passed out in the showers after partying and drug use,” states the lawsuit. “Plaintiff found condoms plastered in the men’s bathroom while on patrol. She began witnessing UMPG employees engaged in intimate touching and grinding, involving buttocks and genitalia.”

An incident involving rap star T.I.’s entourage seemingly became the event that changed things for the plaintiff and paved the way for the lawsuit.

On January 7, the security guard says she was on duty and smelled marijuana seeping from the studio corridor when T.I was in a recording session with rapper Future. She was allegedly told that it was going to be “another busy night,” and later had trouble with T.I.’s bodyguards when she requested they move vehicles to the designated parking area. The request was refused, reportedly because the bodyguard said, “I gotta be able to get this boy outta here if a shootout or something goes down.”

The security guard complained to UMPG about what she was told. Two days later, she says she received a call from the operations manager at her security company, who informed her at a meeting that he was aware of her written complaints and told her that she was suspended. She wasn’t allowed employment back on the premises. “In effect,” says the lawsuit, “Plaintiff was constructively terminated.”

She’s seeking protection under California’s whistle-blowing statute and alleging discrimination, retaliation, being subject to unsafe work conditions, harassment, infliction of emotional distress and more. She is demanding an unspecified amount of lost and future earnings, medical bills and general and punitive damages.

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