Tonya Cooley Lawsuit
October 29, 2011 by staff
Tonya Cooley Lawsuit, Tonya Cooley is alleging he was sexually assaulted while competing in the season the ruins of the MTV Challenge series, which was filmed in Phuket, Thailand and aired on the network in 2009.
Cooley in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, says reality TV star who collapsed while filming drunk and woke up with lacerations and abrasions in the genital area, which she later learned was caused by two members male cast of inserting a toothbrush into her vgna while she was unconscious, E! News.
Cooley, who reportedly said she was completely unaware of the sexual assault until he alleges has subsequently obtained the information from their additional castmates who had witnessed the incident.
In the lawsuit, former The Real World Chicago star claims reports were never aggressors and Kenneth Santucci and producers Evan Starkman Ruins punished the men and notified her of the alleged assault. Cooley says the show’s producers offered to men a new toothbrush the next morning, however.
In addition to her claim of assault, Cooley also says male contestants from the ruins – which received large amounts of alcohol – were encouraged to treat women in the program poorly.
According to the lawsuit – which names Santucci, Starkman, MTV and Bunim The Ruins’ / Murray Productions as a producer of the defendants – the male members of the series cast took swimsuits for women without permission, used terms derogatory and offensive, and inappropriately touched female contestants in their private areas, E! News.
Cooley – who is suing for sexual assault, sexual harassment, assault, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and unfair dismissal – said she was concerned about the offensive incidents, but was told to “just deal with it” by the show’s producers, who believes Cooley tolerated treatment.
“[The defendants] took no action to stop the abuse of women,” according to the lawsuit, according to E! News.
“[MTV producers] have created an environment where demeaning behavior is tolerated and harassment of female contestants openly and even encouraged.”
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