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Kanye West accuses former assistant of blackmail

Kanye West says he will counter-sue his former assistant, after she filed court documents accusing him of sexual harassment and breach of contract.

In her lawsuit, Lauren Pisciotta alleged the star sent her vulgar texts and performed sex acts while on the phone with her. West’s legal representative has now called those accusations “baseless” and accused Pisciotta of engaging in “blackmail and extortion” after the star rejected her sexual advances. In response to these baseless allegations, Ye will be filing a lawsuit against Ms. Pisciotta,” they added, using the rapper’s current preferred name.

Pisciotta is believed to have worked for West from 2021 to 2022, initially on his fashion line before becoming his personal assistant on a salary of $1m (£780,000) per year. She has alleged that, during her employment, the star bombarded her with explicit text, some of which included pornographic videos. Pisciotta also claimed that he masturbated while talking to her on the phone and that, on one occasion, pleasured himself in front of her after “trapping” her in a private room on his plane.

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In her lawsuit, the former OnlyFans model said she was abruptly fired in 2022, and never received her promised severance package. West’s lawyer challenged the story, saying that Pisciotta “was terminated for being unqualified” and “demanding unreasonable sums of money”, including an annual salary of $4m (£3.13m).

They also accused Pisciotta of “lascivious, unhinged conduct”, claiming that she “consistently used sexual coercion” to demand money and material items, including designer handbags and a Lamborghini car.

The statement further alleged that, after West rejected her advances, Pisciotta attempted to blackmail him for $60m (£47m). The BBC contacted Ms Pisciotta to request a response, but she did not immediately respond. On Tuesday, she posted a message to her Instagram story that read: “Your soul becomes aligned with freedom when you allow others the liberty to dislike you, judge you and disagree with you.

Source: People

In other news – Rail services to and from London Euston disrupted

Rail services to and from London Euston are resuming after they were suspended earlier causing major disruption.

London Euston

Trains were halted while emergency services dealt with an incident between Watford Junction and Bushey. British Transport Police said a person had died at the scene at about 06:00 BST. Lines have reopened but disruption is expected to continue until 10:00 BST. Read more

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