Tonya Cooley from MTV Real World challenges suing production company for allowing rape?
WOW. This is pretty crazy? If you follow the MTV Challenge shows, Tonya hasn’t been on in a while because during her most recent 2-3 appearances, she was a drunken mess. ALWAYS wasted, always ended up passed out. She’s now suing MTV, saying she was raped with a toothbrush while drunk:
A cast member on MTV’s “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins” claims male members acted like animals during production, in one case raping her with a toothbrush … this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
Tonya Cooley filed the suit against MTV, Bunim/Murray Productions, Kenneth Santucci, Evan Starkman and others … claiming the two guys “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.”
Cooley says it all happened while she was passed out cold … and cameras were rolling
Cooley says producers not only knew about the rape, they even replaced the toothbrush, but never told her what happened.
The suit also claims female cast members were stripped of their bathing suits and that male cast members were encouraged by producers to “inappropriately touch female cast members’ bodies, including in intimate areas.”
Cooley alleges she and other cast members reported incidents of sexual abuse, but show honchos turned a blind eye.
Cooley claims she was later booted from the show after slapping a cast member. She says nothing happened to the men who allegedly raped her.
Cooley is suing for unspecified damages. Calls to MTV have not been returned.
We made several calls to Bunim/Murray for comment, but each time we called … the receptionist hung up on us.
Honestly I don’t know what to think. On the one hand, Tonya is a mess and it’s possible she’s just lying about this or doing it to get back in the news, she’s had several failed attempts to break into television. But I’m actually inclined to believe her, though. The guys on the show have absolutely no respect for women, and even less common sense. They all hated her and thought she was a joke. They were ALWAYS playing pranks on her, and I can see how the guys would (IGNORANTLY) think something like that would be funny.
What’s also crazy is that MTV and the production company wouldn’t tell her about it, or stop it immediately. I wonder if she had to hear it from another cast member, and that’s why it has taken her so long to come forward with the lawsuit? It would explain why no charges were filed. Who knows. Very disturbing though. Hmm. I hope it all gets sorted out.