Brian Schornak, who served as a senior producer and executive at Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions, has filed a lawsuit against the company, saying that he was pushed out and treated poorly by producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.
The lawsuit refers to Goldsmith-Thomas as a "tyrant" who threatened to demote Schornak, berated him in front of others and then accused him of stealing from the company, ultimately leading to his termination.
"Elaine suggested that Plaintiff was taking improper actions at the company, including getting paid monies directly from MTV for one of the Nuyorican shows, when in fact, all Elaine had to do was look at Plaintiff's contract and she would have seen that this point was specifically negotiated and included in Plaintiff's contract," the suit reads.
Schornak was involved with two of the companies key projects - The Fosters and South Beach Tow - as a key executive when he was let go.
Goldsmith-Thomas, who worked for 3 Arts management until March, is not named as a defendant in the suit as it targets Nuyorican as a whole.
The complaint says that Nuyorican breached Schornak's contract, that it breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and that it violated California labor code.