First, the feds busted a massive cocaine ring being operated out of the Santa Monica headquarters of Universal Music Group. But no one said anything about this: according to a recently-filed lawsuit in LA Superior Court, artists and executives at UMG headquarters are smoking massive amounts of marijuana.
Indeed, according to the complaint, there seem to be very few places where pot smoke isn’t positively billowing (Hollywood Reporter has the full filing).
The lawsuit comes from an unnamed security guard, employed by Universal Protection Services. The guard raised the issue to her superiors, who seemed rather ‘mellow’ on the problem. In fact, plenty of artists offered the guard a hit, on numerous occasions.
And this is really, really a lot of weed consumption we’re talking about. The filing notes that ‘various studio equipment was becoming stained and affected by the marijuana smoking,’ Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) employees were complaining, and all sorts of paraphernalia and leftover bags were frequently discovered.
The rather comic filing also discusses an incident involving Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, who brazenly lit a joint in the lobby. “It’s Adam Levine, you know from Maroon 5. He can do whatever he wants,” a UMPG employee allegedly responded. “If he wants to come to the lobby and do a line of coke on the floor, it’s okay.”
Actually, the complaint makes UMG seem like a rather stimulating work atmosphere. The guard reported “finding bras hanging in the studio and people being found passed out in the showers after partying and drug use,” not to mention condoms in bathrooms and “UMPG employees engaged in intimate touching and grinding, involving buttocks and genitalia.”
The less comic aspects refer to harder (but unspecified drugs), and some issues with firearms. Bodyguards for T.I., for example, demanded special parking privileges in case of “a shootout or [if] something goes down,” among other incidents. On that note, one superior asked the guard to report anything suspicious related to weaponry, while also noting that building management would probably look the other way. “Until there’s a body floating in that pond over there, [management] isn’t gonna do anything about it,” a superior said.