Actress Jennifer Lopez claims she was forced to pay $6 million to settle a lawsuit accusing her of fraud in the Hollywood Film Industry.
In her lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Lopez said she worked as a model for five years in New York, but she was paid less than $2,500 a month.
The actress, who was married to actor Brad Pitt for more than 20 years, said she had to rely on social security and her employer to support her and her two children, including her youngest son.
The suit claims Lopez never earned more than $18,000 in her first five years of employment and said she was owed over $3 million.
Lopez’s attorney, Michael C. Biel, called her lawsuit a fraud and a fraudster.
“This is a fraud, not only in terms of what was allegedly done but in terms the false and fraudulent representations of the reality,” Biel said.
“It’s very, very sad that there was so much fraud.
We are very disappointed.”
Lopez filed the lawsuit in 2014, accusing her former employers, the Motion Picture Association of America, and the National Association of Theatre Owners, of violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and conspiring to retaliate against her for raising concerns about pay.
She alleged she was not paid enough to keep up with the expenses she incurred to produce and star in films, and was forced into a job that she said she could not do.
The lawsuit said that she was also paid less because of her gender.
Liz Lopez has denied any wrongdoing in the lawsuit.
“I never cheated.
I have never been paid less in my life than I was making at the time I was working,” Lopez said in a statement released Thursday by her lawyer.
“I have never had a paycheck less than what I was getting.”
The motion picture industry and its union, the National Federation of Theatre Employees, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.