Making the Band 4 choreographer fired during conflict with P Diddy, files complaint with NYPD

Laurie Ann Gibson, the choreographer who has worked on the last two seasons of Making the Band with P Diddy, was fired during an argument with him, and later “filed a complaint with the NYPD” about that conflict, the New York Daily News reported.

In her complaint, the paper reports, “Gibson said she got into a heated argument with Diddy and celebrity judge Michael Bivins during the April 25 filming of the MTV show at a branch of New York Sports Clubs in Greenwich Village. Gibson said the two men started yelling and cursing at her when she told them the dancers had been given only a day to practice in order to see what they would do in a crunch. Bivins then allegedly grabbed her while Diddy picked up a chair and threatened her. She said she broke free, tried to run and Bivins allegedly grabbed her once again.”

Before she left, “Diddy fired her during the angry exchange – and at one point yelled for the MTV cameras to be shut off.” They’re filming the show’s fourth season, which is trying to form an all-male group.

Gibson’s lawyer says Diddy cannot fire her, because she works for MTV, and the Daily News reports that her lawyer “also said the NYPD was still tying to get copies of the footage that MTV shot during the dispute.” However, “an NYPD spokesman said Manhattan detectives investigated the allegation, found no criminality and closed the case.”

Diddy named in chair scare [New York Daily News]

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