A Queens singer who co-wrote Britney Spears’ hit “Everytime” claims her ex-bandmate sexually harassed her and then fired her when she spoke out, calling her complaints “P.C. bulls–t,” according to a new lawsuit.
Annette Stamatelatos says Eric Applebaum, the frontman of wedding band One Love, “bombarded” her with “offensive, lewd, and sexist comments” throughout her 11 years with the group, according to her Manhattan Supreme Court complaint from last week.
Applebaum, who goes by Eric Nicolas, commented on Stamatelatos’ body and tried to force her to wear skimpy clothing to boost her sex appeal, the suit alleges.
He even once pressured her to wear only body paint for a music video, telling her it would be “feminist” to do so, the court papers claim.
Applebaum also frequently called her “blow-up doll,” “drag queen” and “porn star” and would snipe “at least you’re beautiful” after criticizing her, the suit alleges.
“When creative differences arose between Applebaum and male bandmembers, he did not comment on their appearances,” the filing charges.
Stamatelatos, whose stage name is Annet Artani, also claims that Applebaum told her he didn’t like when she became muscular because he “preferred her to be ‘softer’ and ‘more feminine,’” the suit claims.
When Stamatelatos brought the issues up with the band’s manager and Applebaum in March and April of this year, the pair “dismissed” her complaints, the court papers allege.
On an April 8 call with the manager and Applebaum, Stamatelatos said Applebaum exploded and told her he didn’t care about her “P.C. bulls–t,” the suit claims.
Stamatelatos said she was fired on May 2 by Applebaum, who told her she “created negativity,” the court documents claim. He also told her she wouldn’t be able to work with other bands that he was associated with, the suit says.
In 2011, Stamatelatos brought an $18 million lawsuit against her management company, SWAP Management, for allegedly defaming her by depicting her as a racist, lazy bimbo who lied about her age. The outcome of that case was not immediately clear.
Applebaum declined to comment.