A new season of “So You Think You Can Dance” is set to premiere this week, just as one of the show’s stars is being swept into the headlines for what appears to be one ugly lawsuit.
“Dance” judge Mary Murphy is being sued by her former personal manager Michael Sanchez, who is seeking more than $1 million in damages for breach of contract.
Sanchez, who represented Murphy from 2006 to 2010, makes some very unflattering claims in court documents recently filed, details of which have been obtained by Radar Online.
Apparently, the “hot tamale train” is completely off the rails.
Among the bombshell allegations:
~ Sanchez calls Murphy, 54, a “desperate, cocaine-fueled nymphomaniac” who has engaged in “many inappropriate sexual relationships” with “questionable men,” including crew members of “SYTYCD” and “Chelsea Lately.”
~ Sanchez alleges Murphy’s “prescription and illegal drug abuse” affected Murphy’s responsibilities for the show, including her performance in meetings and during publicity appearances.
~ Murphy allegedly drank on the job, demanding producers provide her alcohol “disguised in a Coke cup.”
~ Murphy’s “increasingly self-absorbed, childish and demanding behavior” caused problems behind the scenes of the Fox show, and Sanchez claims he built and maintained her brand, while helping her keep her job, despite her “erratic behavior.”
~ Sanchez also claims he was forced to counsel Murphy on “her self-described ‘depression;’ ‘suicidal thoughts;’ and ‘addiction to plastic surgery,’ leading to “multiple, secret operations.”
A lawyer for Murphy says Sanchez’s claims are “libelous remarks and allegations,” and vows to counter sue, adding that they believe the dispute is the result of Sanchez’s personal bankruptcy and his failure to pay the reality star money owed to her under her contract, according to Radar.
A Sanchez source countered Murphy’s team’s response with: “Her desperate attempt to shift the focus from her deadbeat behavior and drug abuse would be laughable if it wasn’t so damaging. Common sense tells you that Mary’s failure to pay one penny of the commissions she owed created the need for a strategic bankruptcy.”
Season 9 of “So You Think You Can Dance” premieres this Thursday, May 24, from 8-10 p.m./ET on Fox.