|May 20th, 2004
by Contact Music
Filed under: Health
AMERICAN IDOL judge PAULA ABDUL has announced plans to launch legal action against the nail salon which she claims caused her to almost lose her thumb.
The STRAIGHT UP singer was left wearing a sling, which she claims was the result of a manicure gone bad at Studio City, California's CHINOISIERE.
Abdul alleges she was left with an infection so severe that she almost lost her thumb. Doctors at Los Angeles' CEDAR'S SINAI HOSPITAL reportedly had to surgically remove the entire nail.
She tells American TV show CELEBRITY JUSTICE, "I've had manicures forever, and I've never run into any problem like this, so it's kind of frustrating."
Abdul is how set to retain a major personal injury law firm to aid her in her battle against the nail salon. Sources say a lawsuit is likely as early as this week (21 MAY 2004).
But a manager at the salon suggests Abdul's injury didn't happen there, telling American TV show CELEBRITY JUSTICE, "We called her initially out of concern (because) we like her, not because we had anything to do with it. Her claims are inconsistent with the dates and times she was here."
But Abdul says that while doing her nails, the manicurist poked her in the thumb and she screamed. When she left, Abdul says she sucked her thumb and tasted blood. She also says the salon called her friend four times that night to see how she was doing.
The former pop star's representatives say they will be able to prove the timing is consistent.