American Idol producers have been caught up in another sex scandal less than a week after parting company with pop wannabe-turned-Internet pin-up ANTONELLA BARBA.
Barba, who hit the headlines when saucy photos appeared in cyberspace, was voted off the show last Thursday (08MAR07), but now Idol bosses are bracing themselves for a new scandal.
MAGDALENO OLMOS, a former accountant for Fremantle, the company which produces American Idol, has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles, accusing former finalist MARIO VAZQUEZ of attempting to masturbate in front of him. Olmos claims the singer "sexually harassed" after following him to a toilet.
In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ.com, "Vazquez stared lasciviously, smiled lasciviously and on one occasion followed him into a bathroom... knocked on the door of the plaintiff's stall and made eye contact through the space in the stall door."
The lawsuit alleges Vazquez "started to rub his genitals over his pants." Olmos then claims he attempted to leave the bathroom and was confronted by the sight of Vazquez "standing in front of him with his pants down, masturbating."
In addition to suing Vazquez, Olmos has named FOX Entertainment and Fremantle Media as defendants in his lawsuit for wrongful termination.
Vazquez dropped out of season four of American Idol in 2005 citing "personal reasons" for his withdrawal from the competition.