FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018Recently, Mariah Carey settled a lawsuit her former manager filed against her. Now, she’s filed a lawsuit herself — against a former personal assistant who she’s accusing of blackmail.

A statement provided to ABC News reads, “This new year welcomes Mariah’s continued efforts to clean the trash from her life. According to a complaint filed today in California, an executive assistant employed [by Mariah] in 2015 to help with business and personal matters turned out to be a grifter and extortionist.” 

“Because her threats and bad acts are too great to be ignored, Mariah has been compelled to file a lawsuit against her,” the statement continues.

TMZ reports that the lawsuit claims the assistant, Lianna Azarian, took advantage of Mariah by using the singer’s credit card to purchase stuff for herself, and secured huge discounts by telling retailers that items were for Mariah. 

In addition, the lawsuit claims Azarian secretly filmed Mariah’s “personal activities,” videos of which the suit claims would be “embarrassing” and “extremely damaging” if they were released.  According to the suit, when Mariah fired Azarian in 2017, she demanded eight million bucks and said she’d release the videos if she didn’t get it.

Mariah’s now suing for unspecified damages, according to TMZ.

“Given that the evidence against this former assistant is vast and deplorable, we anticipate a victorious resolution,” the statement notes.

Mariah resumes her Las Vegas residency next month; her Caution tour kicks off February 27 in Irvine, TX.

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