Jimmie Allen Accused of Misconduct in Troubling Lawsuit From Former Manager
Grammy-nominated country singer Jimmie Allen has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by his former manager.
The woman spoke to Variety anonymously, sharing that Allen allegedly raped and abused her for 18 months. She claimed that when Allen was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2021, he assaulted her repeatedly during their trip to Los Angeles.
In the lawsuit, the woman identified as "Jane Doe" also detailed an alleged assault that occurred during a business trip while Allen returned to American Idol as a celebrity guest. She recalls waking up naked in her hotel room "in severe pain, bleeding vaginally, having remembered nothing of what happened the night before." She reportedly found Allen in bed next to her. "I was disconnected from my body, feeling a sense of panic," she told Variety.
Allen shared a statement to Variety, denying the allegations. "It is deeply troubling and hurtful that someone I counted as one of my closest friends, colleagues and confidants would make allegations that have no truth to them whatsoever," he said.
The statement continued, "I acknowledge that we had a sexual relationship — one that lasted for nearly two years. During that time, she never once accused me of any wrongdoing, and she spoke of our relationship and friendship as being something she wanted to continue indefinitely."
He continued, "Only after things ended between us, did she hire a lawyer to reach out and ask for money, which leads me to question her motives. The simple fact is, her accusations are not only false, but also extremely damaging. I’ve worked incredibly hard to build my career, and I intend to mount a vigorous defense to her claims and take all other legal action necessary to protect my reputation."
The woman's attorney denied that she's seeking money, stating, "The only ask we made of Allen and his legal counsel was to meet to discuss Allen’s behavior and resolution of our client’s claims. At no time did our client make a monetary demand. The response was a hard no, and colored with threats that his team would take steps to publicly tarnish my client. My client had no choice but to be proactive in protecting herself by filing the complaint."
In court documents obtained by Variety, the woman detailed horrific abuse allegations, including being choked while Allen was raping her and making her surrender her electronics to him while together in private.
The woman filed a lawsuit on Thursday, May 11 in Tennessee federal court. She's suing Allen for sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment, sex trafficking and emotional distress.
She's additionally suing her former employer Wide Open Music and its founder Ash Bowers gross negligence and participating in a venture engaged in sex trafficking. The woman confirmed that Wide Open Music dropped Allen when she detailed the allegations of sexual abuse, but said the company also fired her.
Bowers clarified to Variety that because the woman was Allen's manager, "the role was gone and furthermore, [Wide Open Music] has transitioned out of artist management completely."
The allegations come nearly a month after Allen and his ex-wife Alexis Gale announced their split.