The old saying goes, “you can’t judge a book by its cover,” and it usually preaches that people are different on the inside, and generally for the better. That’s kind of a stupid saying when you think about it because a cover is an image specifically selected by the author and a publisher to entice people to read the book. It’s designed to reflect the book. If anything, a cover misleads the consumer into buying a book that’s not as good as the cover. So if you’re judging a book by its cover, there is only a risk that the reality is going to be worse.
This is all a roundabout way of pointing out that a business structured around a couple of guys who affirmatively choose to dress up like evil clowns and sing “F**k Celine Dion and f**k Dionne Warwick, you both make me sick, suck my dick,” have been sued for sexual harassment.
The allegations are kind of crazy, and claim other criminality as well….
Attorney Andrea Pellegrini worked for the Insane Clown Posse — specifically the boys’ label, Psychopathic Records — from 2009 until 2012. Now she’s suing the label and the band. Our thoughts are with Juggalo Law in these trying times.
Based on the allegations in the complaint, it was an inhospitable place for women to work.
Plaintiff, an in-house publicist and attorney for the outlandish and controversial music group “The Insane Clown Posse” (known as “ICP”) was subjected to constant and pervasive harassment during her tenure, including having a large dildo given to her while at work, and being presented with “vagina tighteners.” Plaintiff was mocked, belittled, and the subject of
sexual advances from top level persons at ICP’s label, Psychopathic Records. Plaintiff was even asked to do illegal and/or unethical things at her job, including Defendants asking her to obtain automatic tommy-guns for a photo shoot. When Plaintiff refused to act unethically or illegally, and reported the sexual harassment she was experiencing at the hands of Defendants, she was terminated.
Vagina tightener? How do they work? If you’re interested in what a “vagina tightener” could possibly be, apparently it’s just alum, the substance you might remember from old Warner Bros. cartoons for its ability to thwart Sylvester.
The behavior alleged in the complaint constitutes sexual harassment at least and sexual assault at worst. It reads as though Pellegrini was treated as less a lawyer and more an office decoration. Obviously, the case is in its early stages and we haven’t heard from the defendants, who might be able to explain themselves. Still, the descriptions sound a lot like you’d expect a bunch of misogynistic music stars to act. Remember, musicians tend not to adhere to the most enlightened standards when it comes to women (see, e.g., Jimmy Page kidnapping a 14-year-old girl).
But the complaint moves beyond harassment. During the Department of Labor’s audit of the label, Pellegrini claims she was quickly labeled “In-House Counsel” to block her interview, even though she’d been denied that honor until that moment. Suspiciously, she was stripped of the title once the Department of Labor left. That sounds shady. Also this:
Plaintiff was requested to do illegal things as part of her employment. For example she was asked to obtain illegal automatic weapons for a photo shoot.
What?!? You know they make replicas, right? I guess it is Detroit, so maybe they wanted the weapons for personal protection anyway.
The silver lining for you Juggalos out there: neither Shaggy 2 Dope or Violent J are alleged to have done anything directly to Pellegrini other than Violent J yelling at her once, and not intervening to keep his girlfriend from making the plaintiff feel threatened. So even if all the allegations are true, the sweet, dulcet tones of the Insane Clown Posse may go uninterrupted.