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Session Guitarist Suing Lauryn Hill For Harrassment

Written by Barnaby Smith on August 10, 2011

The former guitarist for Lauryn Hill is suing the former singer with the Fugees for harassment. The musician in question, Jay Gore, a respected Los Angeles session player, is also claiming that Hill is guilty of ‘stiffing’ her band and crew out of thousands of dollars in wages. That’s according to The Guardian.

Gore is suing Hill for $3,500 (AUD3,385) in unpaid wages and $20,000 (AUD19,342) in punitive damages.

Nicholas Andrea, the lawyer working on behalf of Gore told XXL magazine, “Ms Hill is symptomatic of celebrities in general who feel that it’s an honour just to be seen or play with them, and that they don’t have to do the right thing.”

The issue seems to revolve around a tour that took place in 2008, when Hill allegedly failed to pay the final instalment of Gore’s wages.

Gore also alleges that during a tour in 2007, Hill would openly berate and chastise her backing band backstage. The law suit states, “After shows, Hill would demand that the musicians and road support personnel attend meetings where she would engage in a person-by-person critique and berating.

“At one point, Hill made a statement in front of the tour personnel to the effect that ‘I can’t believe I am paying you fools, you should be paying me.'”

Both Hill and her label are yet to respond to the allegations.

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