Mariah Carey won’t be rid of ex manager Stella Bulochnikov as soon as perhaps hoped.
For, the controversial figure is suing Mimi.
Per TMZ, Bulochnikov has filed legal docs alleging that, by firing her, the diva is in breach of contract.
She further goes on to state in her submission that the 48-year-old superstar is in violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act – with added specificity relating to the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
It’s anyone’s guess what that means. But it’ll no doubt spill out in the weeks and months ahead.
Bulochnikov is reportedly eyeing a huge payout based on her claim that Carey owes her money. It’s also thought that the sum she’s seeking includes damages attached to helping Carey in ways that go beyond the scope of her role and also the impact being let go had on her.
The pair’s tenure was unique to say the least.
Introduced by mutual friend Brett Ratner, the duo would enter into a managerial partnership shortly after that lasted for almost three years.
During said time, Bulochnikov – who has an extensive background in TV and film production – helped exploit the singer’s presence beyond the charts. Case in point, the various Christmas themed projects Carey has embarked on in recent times, as well as her aggressive touring push. The latter being something Mimi had rarely undertaken over the course of her career. Put simply, money was made.
However, there existed a number of very notable blemishes on the singer’s brand – including the shocking shambles that was the E! “docu-series” ‘Mariah’s World.’ A ratings disaster, the soapy production was accused of fakery by many – who also felt it was overtly aiming to make stars of Mimi’s team – especially Bulochnikov.
Then, of course, there was the dismal handling of Mariah’s first New Year’s Eve performance (when she refused to sing due to “audio issues”). Bulochnikov took scathing aim at anyone who leveraged any blame her way – including the show’s producers and Carey’s ex manager/husband Tommy Mottola. The latter of whom suggested the songbird secure the services of a more professional team.
Carey and Bulochnikov ultimately went their separate ways last year when the 48-year-old cleaned house. She’s now signed to Roc Nation for management and is working on a new album.
The news comes just days after Carey revealed she has been battling bipolar disorder since 2001, and sought help recently.