Security Guard Allegedly Fired For Blowing Whistle On Musicians' Drug Use

Universal Music Group drug useIn California, it's legal to use marijuana for medical reasons, but smoking pot is still very much illegal in offices in that state. A security guard filed a lawsuit last week against Universal Music Publishing Group, claiming that it has been "infiltrated with pervasive drug use where you could smell marijuana seeping from various offices and openly used in common areas," says The Hollywood Reporter.

The guard, who filed the suit anonymously, claimed that celebrities visited the offices with "drugs in hand and oftentimes offering drugs to Plaintiff, which she refused," and that her superiors turned "a blind eye," the trade paper reports. The guard, who described herself in the suit as a 41-year-old African-American woman, is suing Universal Music Publishing Group-owned UPMG; her employer, Universal Protection Services; the building's management and others, alleging a hostile work environment and wrongful termination. She claims that she was effectively fired -- by being banned from the premises -- after she filed written complaints alleging the illegal activity.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the guard says that she witnessed drug use or paraphernalia used by singer Macy Gray, and guests of Jamie Foxx, MC Ren and rapper T.I. She also claimed to have heard about drug use involving Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine. When she complained that she smelled marijuana smoke coming from a recording studio where Levine and his guests' purportedly were, she alleged that a manager responded that Levine 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 Reporter said.

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The guard is also said to have alleged in the suit that people used candles and incense to cover the smell, and that she once escorted Jimmy Iovine, an executive at Interscope/Geffen Records, to a lounge where she witnessed American Idol participants with "blazers," slang for people smoking marijuana.

It also paints a picture of a sexually charged workplace where people were "passed out in the showers after partying and drug use" and condoms were found "plastered in the men's bathroom," The Hollywood Reporter says, quoting from the lawsuit. The guard also claimed to have witnessed UMPG workers engaged in "intimate touching and grinding."

The security guard further says that she was the victim of racial slurs by artists. According to the Reporter, she was terminated soon after she asked T.I.'s bodyguards to move their vehicles to the appropriate parking lot. Her request was purportedly refused by a bodyguard who said, "I gotta be able to get this boy outta here if a shootout or something goes down." The security guard claims that two days after she complained to UMPG she was suspended, then was told that she couldn't return to the premises.

A spokesperson for Universal Music told the Reporter that the allegations are "absurd." The security guard seeks an unspecified amount of damages.

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Barb & Mike

Musicians using drugs? Stop the presses. Does President Coolidge know about this?

August 30 2013 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cindy

Adam Levine probably has medical prescription for pot, he has ADHD

May 15 2013 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DAN

Where can I get a job like that. I would love to smoke on the job

May 15 2013 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DON

Another bullshit law suit that will waste more tax payer’s money! A person gets fired for not doing their job correctly and it’s the companies fault. It was her responsibility to make sure it was a safe and crime environment for all guest and employees. And that she did not do, so she should have gotten fired. If management told her it was fine what their clients were doing and she thought it was not, and that she thought there were crimes being committed! She should have contacted the police.

April 19 2013 at 12:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Stevie

she deserved to be fired!

April 19 2013 at 10:51 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
larry

Many people cannot function without drug use. Imagine, if there were no drugs, we may not have music, movies concerts and other venues of entertainment.

April 18 2013 at 8:58 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Jacquie

Can anyone count how many musicians have died of a drug overdose over the years? Can anyone play music without being stoned?

April 18 2013 at 8:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Jo Ann

It's probably true. My grandson is involved in that industry and he says they have no respect for anyone or any place and that people in authorative positions don't make waves, for fear of losing money from the so called stars.

April 18 2013 at 7:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
melinda.handy

The U. S. Govt and U. S. Justice Dept DO NOT OBEY the laws either! Don't believe me? Refer to the HSBC scandal. They were caught drug trafficking in the BILLIONS & Eric Holder let them off, NO JAIL TIME FOR HSBC. Why? Because anyone jailed would SQUEEL on the U. S. Justice Dept's role in drug trafficking with their partners at HSBC.
WACOVIA was caught drug trafficking and NO JAIL TIME. WHY? Because anyone jailed would squeal on the U. S. Government's role in drug trafficking.
Face it, American people: Banks, Wall Street, U. S. Justice Dept, etc. are all profiting off the drug trade and keeping the profits SECRET for themselves.
Sorry, American people, we have all been "duped" by our own Government.

April 18 2013 at 5:28 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
kanefu

she is a rent a cop in charge of providing security for the building she is not the police or any kind of hired investigator. Do your job mind your own business!!! It is not your place to rat on people no matter if they are celebs or not.

April 18 2013 at 5:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Escalonz

she is not the police or any kind of hired investigator......................Can she report as a private citizen when the law is broken and if so why have not the police investigated this undercover wise? The authorities will say smoking weed is not that big a thing but what about the drugs? Crime and drugs go hand in hand and cost society big time both health wise and money wise.............

April 18 2013 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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