The ‘American Idol’ alum is facing numerous allegations suggesting that he tends to be racist and hasn’t paid some of his former staff members for their services.
AceShowbiz –Todrick Hall has taken to Twitter to apologise, after the singer was hit with a string of allegations from disgruntled staff on social media.
The star rose to fame on “American Idol” back in 2009 before going on to carve out a successful career in music, TV and theatre, releasing several studio albums, enjoying celebrated runs on Broadway, and appearing on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge and choreographer.
He came under fire after dancer Thom White shared a thread on Twitter about his experience of working with Todrick, writing: “A bunch of folks have asked about my experience working with Todrick… Your reservations about the fella are valid.”
Thom alleged he was not paid for dance work by Todrick, and claimed the performer discriminated against the black dancers on set, writing: “He turned to us to say ‘this is looking a little too chocolate… Can I get some lighter people behind me’,” he recalled.
The dancer added he was given the runaround by Todrick when asking about payment and insisted he has still not been paid.
Taking to the site to defend himself, Todrick insisted he “adores” Thom, adding: “This is surprising to me, he hasn’t been paid yet, he will be…not because he’s trying to ‘expose’ me but because he deserves it. I only got two texts, no calls, I was overseas opening my tour & that video has only been out for 2 weeks.”
The star, who is currently on his “Haus Party Tour” and recently appeared in the video for his close pal Taylor Swift‘s hit “You Need To Calm Down”, later shared a post suggesting the criticism was fuelled by jealousy, reading: “They gonna attack you when they see you’re gifted… keep going.”
Following the post, “Drag Race” alum Manila Luzon took to the comments alleging Todrick owed her money too, writing: “Well you still owe me for hosting your Halloween party since LAST YEAR so…” – referring to his Halloween Ball in 2018.
More allegations soon came to light, with Todrick’s former assistant Thomas McKissock agreeing with Thom’s claims he was late with payments and showed racist tendencies.
The controversy comes after the star settled a lawsuit with his former tour manager Stephen M Land, Jr. in February, who accused him of sexual harassment, claiming he would “engage in unwelcome behaviours” while they worked together on Todrick’s “Straight Outta Oz” tour, reported Daily Mail Online.
Todrick is yet to respond to the new allegations.
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