Jimmie Allen sued over sexual allegations

Country star has been accused of a variety of allegations

A member of Jimmie Allen’s former day-to-day management team is suing the country star in civil court over a variety of sexual allegations, including sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment, sex trafficking and emotional distress. Variety reports that the unnamed woman wants to remain anonymous since she still works in the music industry. Allen’s former management company, Wide Open Music, and its founder Ash Bowers are also named in the suit for “gross negligence and participating in a venture engaged in sex trafficking, among other counts.”

The plaintiff, who filed the suit in a Tennessee federal court on Thursday (May 11th), alleges that she was manipulated and groomed by Allen into a sexually abusive relationship that happened during an 18 month period from 2000-2022. Variety details the lawsuit and corroborates parts of Jane Doe’s story after speaking to her and others, and reviewing hundreds of text messages exchanged between she and Allen. No charges have been filed as of press time.

Jane Doe alleges that Allen raped and sexually abused her, videotaped multiple sexual encounters “to blackmail her to stay silent,” masturbated in front of her, and more while the pair traveled alone together, many times on business in Los Angeles. She also claims one morning she woke up naked once in a hotel room in severe pain with her vagina bleeding as Allen lied next to her in bed insisting that she take a Plan B pill. Jane Doe says she remembers nothing of what happened the night before and realized she lost her virginity without her consent.

Allen tells Variety the sexual relationship was consensual.

“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,” Allen says. “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. 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.”

Jane Doe’s attorney argues that her client demanded money.

“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,” she says. “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.”

Jane Doe’s lawsuit claims Wide Open Music terminated her after dropping Allen as a client when she reported the abuse last fall. She says the harassment began immediately upon being hired in 2020 after being warned that Allen was “promiscuous but harmless.”

“I didn’t think that meant predator,” she says. “I didn’t think that meant Jimmie would be a threat to me.”

Bowers tells Variety that he and the company were unaware of the relationship between Allen and Jane Doe until she disclosed her allegations in a meeting in October 2022.

“We immediately ended our professional relationship with Mr. Allen,” Bowers tells Variety after learning of the allegations.

Last month, it was announced that Allen and his wife Alexis Gale were separating after nearly three years of marriage. They also shared a new baby is on the way. It’s unclear if the separation is related to the allegations.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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