'Real World' cast member Tonya Cooley sues MTV over alleged sexual assault
Things are blowing up at MTV after Tonya Cooley, a cast member from The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, sued the network claiming male members of the cast sexually assaulted her with a toothbrush while cameras rolled.
Cooley said in her suit against MTV, Bunim/Murray Productions and other cast members that Kenneth Santucci and Evan Starkman "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 says this happened while she was passed out, and producers filmed the whole thing, replaced her toothbrush and never told her what happened, TMZ reports.
Furthermore, the 31-year-old says female cast members were stripped of their bathing suits while the boys were told to "inappropriately touch female cast members' bodies, including in intimate areas." Producers allegedly ignored complaints and then booted Cooley after she slapped another cast member, she says.
The former Playboy Cyber Girl of the Week is suing for unspecified damages. Expect some pretty dirty laundry about MTV's reality show practices to come to light with this one.