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Lauryn Hill Sued by Former Guitarist

Singer allegedly refused to pay over $20,000 in wages

August 9, 2011 11:25 AM ET
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Lauryn Hill performs in Detroit.
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Lauryn Hill has been hit by a lawsuit from a former band member who claims that the singer has refused to pay him thousands of dollars in wages. Jay Gore, a guitarist in Hill's band on her 2007 European tour, is seeking $23,600, which includes his owed wages, as well as $20,000 in punitive damages.

In addition to alleging that Hill withheld his wages, Gore's suit also claims that the singer created a hostile work environment on the road. According to Gore, "Hill would demand that the musicians and road support personnel attend meetings she would engage in a person-by-person critique and berating" after shows.

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Gore's lawyer Nicholas Andrea hopes that other musicians who have worked with Hill will support the lawsuit. "We believe there are other musicians who have been mistreated by Ms. Hill in a similar manner who are reluctant to stand up for their rights and this lawsuit gives them a voice as well," Andrea told TMZ.

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