Hot on the heels of his loss on celebrity big brother and with fans raking him in for his behavior on the show, singer Todrick Hall is now being accused of even more bad behavior.
A former aide has accused Hall of abuse, saying the singer threatened to come out with his HIV status.
Tommy Italiano worked as Hall’s assistant in 2017 while filming the documentary Behind the curtain. In an interview with the podcast The zen blondeit opened on years of exploitation and psychological abuse by the singer.
“It was a tumultuous relationship from the start,” Italiano recalls. “At work and personally. He is a very manipulative person. »
“I was able to look past some of the things he did because he really made me believe that I was part of his family. He would call me his brother. His mother would tell me that I was like a son, so I really invested in him as a person and as an artist.
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This investment pushed Italiano to stay in his job longer than he otherwise would have, despite an increasingly toxic environment.
During the interview, the former assistant recalled instances where Hall exploited fans for free labor, refused to pay employees and cyberbullied a former dancer.
Things got really toxic when Italiano came to the defense of former dancer, Tom White, on social media. A furious Hall called Italiano with a terrible threat.
“In this case, [Hall] called me and demanded an apology,” Italiano said. “And I said, ‘Todrick, I really want you to own up to the things you did to me and I won’t say anything. I just want an apology.
“He refused and he tried to turn it on and say I was problematic and I had all these issues. And then basically I was like, ‘Okay, well, that’s why I want to tell people now because you can’t even admit it.’ I wasn’t even going to say anything. You call me. Like I had no contact with him. We weren’t talking.
Now here comes the real shock.
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“Then in the middle of the conversation,” Italiano continued, “he started threatening me and said, ‘Well, if you say anything about me, I’m going to go to my YouTube channel and I’m going to say that you have HIV and you have unprotected sex with people and you don’t tell them and I will destroy your reputation. I will destroy your career, and this will be the last time you will ever work again.'”
Italiano further claimed that Hall contacted Italiano’s mother, who was unaware of his status, and disclosed to her that he was HIV-positive.
Tommy Italiano’s claims are just the latest and most egregious in Todrick Hall’s tales of misbehavior. Other former employees have shared similar allegations of harassment and abuse by the singer, as well as the accusation of not paying his employees on time, if at all.
Hall’s recent passage on celebrity big brother also sparked a Twitter movement tagged #TodrickExposedParty in which the show’s viewers document his misleading manipulation. The move has also prompted several other former associates to file exploitation charges.
Weird contacted Hall for comment but did not hear back.