THE VOICE Singer Sues Hollywood Manager Over Sexual Abuse Claims
By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor
Singer Jordan Pruitt of THE VOICE is suing her former manager, Keith Thomas, over alleged sexual abuse as well as her former record label, Hollywood Records, and its parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alleging that they had failed to prevent the abuse.
Pruitt appeared on THE VOICE in 2012 after releasing a few albums.
Variety followed Pruitt’s story in-depth:
Pruitt also sued her former record label, Hollywood Records, and its parent company, the Walt Disney Co., alleging that they had failed to prevent the abuse. The suit alleges that the label compelled her to work with Thomas as her mentor and producer, and allowed him to be unsupervised, even though it knew or should have known that he was a sexual abuser.
“Unfortunately, these large companies are primarily concerned with sales, money and charts,” Pruitt said in a statement to Variety. “Too often they fall short of protecting the young talent that they are ‘supposed’ to be caretakers for. Time and time again we see people in positions of power fail us. I couldn’t be more disappointed in how Disney treats their underage talent like cash cows.”
Pruitt realized the extent of her personal pain from the ordeal in December 2018, after years of pushing her emotions to the side.
Variety detailed her comments:
Pruitt had disclosed in a Facebook post in December that she had been molested as a teenager, but she did not identify the abuser at the time.
“At fifteen, this person had brainwashed me into thinking that the things that were happening were ‘natural’ and ‘okay,’” she wrote. “While I will spare you any of the mind-piercing details, I can honestly and unfortunately say that this man sexually abused me for almost two years of my life. I am a victim of child molestation because of him.”
In her statement, Pruitt said she hoped that as a result of the complaint, Disney and Hollywood Records would “spend their time and money on putting safeguards in place in order to protect the minors the are employing.”
Fox News followed up with Pruitt’s story after she filed the suit, “When asked if she would be addressing her alleged abuser in her forthcoming book “Abuse Anonymous,” Pruitt confirmed she would be delving into the details surrounding her abuse “a thousand percent.”
Sadly, Pruitt’s story shows that there is so much brokenness in the world and the Entertainment Industry. Please continue to pray for this situation and the brokenness present in our world.