The 'America's Got Talent' investigation isn't looking too good for Simon Cowell. Cowell has harnessed a lot of power in the pop industry as a manager, former judge on American Idol and current judge on 'America's Got Talent' and 'X Factor.' After the allegations that have come to light, it seems he may have let that power get to his head.
According to PopCulture, Cowell hired Los Angeles lawyer Larry Stein who has plenty of experience in celebrity litigation on Saturday.
Cowell conveniently hired Stein the week of the 5-hour meeting between Gabrielle Union, NBC, and production company Freemantle. Cowell himself was not present since he was filming X Factor in England. Cowell believed that Freemantle would be able to represent him and his production company adequately.
The meeting was fairly amicable and all sides found it productive. NBC decided that they would be conducting an investigation of 'America's Got Talent.' They will be focusing on Simon Cowell as he was at the forefront of the accusations.
"The initial conversation was candid and productive. While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution," an NBC spokesperson said of the investigation. NBC is taking Union's accusations into serious consideration.
"The ball is in NBC's court to see if they can get Cowell to agree to make some changes to the way things are done on the show," a source told Deadline placing the responsibility on the network.
Union also had a positive response toward the meeting. She seems optimistic that Cowell and 'America's Got Talent' will be held accountable.
"We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought to be, productive meeting yesterday," Union tweeted Wednesday after the meeting. "I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change."
The meeting came about after Union was fired from 'America's Got Talent' after being on the show for only one season.
Union then spoke out about discrimination and the unhealthy environment on 'AGT.' Union spoke of an instance in which Jay Leno made a racist joke and another when the show allowed a man impersonating a black woman to audition. She accused Cowell of smoking on set. Since then, Sharon Osbourne, who was also a former 'AGT' judge, has backed this claim. Other sources have added that Union was told that her hair and her outfits were too black for the show's demographic.