British-born Lythgoe, executive producer of American Idol and SYTYCD, was served with a subpoena during the Dizzy Feet Foundation event at downtown Los Angeles’ new Grand Park on July 28, according to a source with knowledge of the legal situation.
The subpoena — a copy of which Celebuzz has obtained — orders the SYTYCD judge to appear in person for a video-taped deposition in connection with a $1 million lawsuit filed by Murphy’s former manager, Michael Sanchez.
Lythgoe, 63, must also present documents that relate to fellow judge Murphy’s “erratic behavior,” according to the legal document.
Additionally, he must hand over materials that mention any involvement Murphy had with “current and/or former SYTYCD contestants” and “alcohol being requested and/or consumed by Murphy before, during and/or after show tapings and live shows.”
Holmes, 33, who filed for divorce from Tom Cruise on June 28, is linked to the suit by virtue of her connection to Lythgoe and the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a dance scholarship program she co-founded with him and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman.
Lythgoe must present “all documents which evidence, refer to or relate to oral or written communications with Adam Shankman, Katie Holmes and/or any other Dizzy Feet personnel regarding Murphy’s involvement (or lack thereof) with the organization,” the subpoena said.
Sanchez is suing Murphy, 54, for over $1 million in unpaid commissions and damages, allegations which Murphy has denied. She is countersuing for $60,000 claiming Sanchez withheld commissions from an appearance on Broadway’s Burn The Floor, which Sanchez also denies.
Lythgoe did not return Celebuzz’s request for comment.