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'Real World' Alum Sues MTV and Male Co-Stars for Toothbrush Rape

October 28, 2011 04:16:13 GMT

In her lawsuit, Tonya Cooley accuses Kenny Santucci and Evan Starkman of taking another male participant's toothbrush and rubbing it around her genitals while cameras were rolling.


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A cast member on MTV's "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins" is taking matters to court. According to TMZ, Tonya Cooley has filed a lawsuit against the network, Bunim/Murray Productions and some of her male co-stars, accusing Kenny Santucci and Evan Starkman of raping her with a toothbrush during production.

In her lawsuit, the 31-year-old claimed that while she was passed out, Kenny and Evan "took another male participant's toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around plaintiff's genitals, including rubbing her labia and inserting the toothbrush into plaintiff's vagina." She also said that cameras were rolling and that the producers replaced the toothbrush, but didn't tell her about it.

Tonya further accused producers of forcing the female player to strip out of their bathing suits and encouraging male cast members to "inappropriately touch female cast members' bodies, including in intimate areas." The reality star additionally noted that MTV turned a blind eye when she and the other female participants reported the incidents.

This is not the first time MTV was sued for sexual harassment. Back on October 18, a former production coordinator on "The Hills" filed a lawsuit against the network, claiming she was subjected to sexual harassment, a hostile work environment and wrongful discharge among other charges.

In her suit, Eliza Sproul detailed that a fellow employee pressured her to smoke pot and made unwanted sexual advances toward her while they were filming the reality series in Costa Rica in May 2010. She also complained that she was kicked out of her room when another crew member demanded to use her room for sex.

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