Longtime cast member of “Real World” claims two cast members raped her with a toothbrush while she was passed out drunk and the show’s producers not only failed to intervene but taped it without telling her what had happened. Later, she says, the show fired her but kept her abusers on the show.
Tonya Cooley sued Bunim/Murray Productions, MTV Network, and her alleged assailants, Kenneth Santucca and Evan Starkman, on 14 causes of action in Superior Court, including assault, battery, sexual battery, wrongful firing and sexual harassment.
Cooley says the corporate defendants hired her for the cast of “Real World” in 2009, after she had appeared on the show in the previous 10 seasons. She says the corporate defendants “created an environment in which degrading and harassing behavior towards female contestants was openly tolerated and even encouraged,” and that they kicked her off the show but retained her attackers.
The 2009 series was filmed in Phuket, Thailand. Eighteen people were housed in a single room, she was not allowed to leave it without permission, and the corporate defendants controlled all the food, clothing and toilet items.
Cooley says Bunim/Murray and MTV “provided unlimited alcoholic beverages while providing limited amounts of food” while filming the cast and recording their conversations around the clock. “This combination was designed to encourage the participants to engage in scandalous behavior that would increase viewer ratings.
FYI: After doing some research, I also found out that Tonya Cooley is also a porn star… I wonder what will become of this case..