Jennifer Lopez's extortion lawsuit dismissed
Jennifer Lopez attends a press event to announce her becoming the first global ambassador for the Gillette Venus razor, in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. (AP / Charles Sykes)
Published Thursday, December 27, 2012 4:10PM EST
Jennifer Lopez's extortion lawsuit against her former driver has been dismissed.
The 43-year-old singer-and-actress had filed a $20 million case against former chauffeur Hakob Manoukian in response to his own lawsuit against her -- in which he claimed he was forced to resign from his job -- but Los Angeles Superior Court Justice Joseph Kalin granted a motion from the driver's attorney to strike the star's cross-complaint at a hearing on December 21.
In her countersuit, Lopez alleged Manoukian became obsessed with power and wanted to control her entire security team and get more money for doing it. When he was turned down, the 'On the Floor' hitmaker claimed he retaliated by threatening to spill confidential information that would be highly embarrassing.
Lopez said the driver threatened that if he wasn't paid $2.8 million he would take his information to authorities and have her criminally prosecuted.
However, the ex-employee had claimed Lopez was trying to punish him for filing a legitimate employment lawsuit against her.
Manoukian had claimed he was forced to resign after being publicly berated by the former 'American Idol' judge's manager Benny Medina.
His case is scheduled to go to trial in May 2013.