“So You Think You Can Dance” Creator Nigel Lythgoe Leaves Show Amid Allegations of Sexual Assault by Paula Abdul

Los Angeles, California – Nigel Lythgoe, the creator of “So You Think You Can Dance,” is leaving the show following allegations of sexual assault made against him by Paula Abdul. Lythgoe, who is also a former producer on “American Idol,” has denied the claims.

In a lawsuit filed in California last December, Abdul accused Lythgoe of sexually assaulting her on two occasions. She alleged that he groped her breast and genitals and forcibly kissed her while they were in an elevator. Abdul also claimed that Lythgoe later forced himself on top of her on a couch during a dinner at his home. She stated that he told her they could be a “power couple.”

In response, Lythgoe announced on Friday that he would be stepping down from his position on “So You Think You Can Dance,” where he has served as a judge since 2005. In a statement, Lythgoe expressed his dedication to clearing his name and restoring his reputation.

Abdul’s attorney, Douglas Johnson, commended her for her bravery in coming forward with the accusations, especially considering Lythgoe’s prominence in the entertainment industry. The lawsuit also alleges that Lythgoe groped one of Abdul’s assistants in 2015.

It should be noted that if you are a survivor of sexual assault, there are resources available to provide confidential support. The National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) is one such resource, as is the website for the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

In summary, Nigel Lythgoe, the creator of “So You Think You Can Dance,” is stepping down from his role on the show following allegations of sexual assault made by Paula Abdul. Lythgoe has denied the claims.