LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former star of “The Actual Housewives of Atlanta” NeNe Leakes sued the businesses behind the present on Wednesday, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work setting.
The lawsuit filed in federal court docket in Atlanta says Leakes, who’s Black, complained to executives about years of racist remarks from fellow housewife Kim Zolciak-Biermann, who’s white, however that solely Leakes suffered penalties.
It names as defendants NBCUniversal, Bravo, manufacturing firms True Leisure and Actually Unique, executives from the businesses and “Housewives” government producer Andy Cohen, however not Zolciak-Biermann.
“NBC, Bravo and True foster a company and office tradition through which racially-insensitive and inappropriate conduct is tolerated – if not, inspired,” the go well with says.
Representatives for NBCUniversal declined remark. Emails despatched to representatives for the opposite defendants and Zolciak-Biermann looking for remark weren’t instantly returned.
Leakes, 54, a TV persona and actor whose authorized title is Linnethia Monique Leakes, spent seven seasons as one of many central stars of “The Actual Housewives of Atlanta” between 2008 and 2020.
It alleges that throughout the first season, which aired in 2008, the solid was planning to attend a barbecue, and housewife Kim Zolciak-Biermann, responded to the concept with “phrases to the impact of: ‘I don’t need to sit round with NeNe and eat rooster.’” The go well with says the assertion “perpetuated an offensive stereotype about African-People.”
The go well with says in 2012 throughout the fifth season, Zolciak-Biermann made “racially offensive and stereotypical” feedback in regards to the new residence of housewife Kandi Burruss, calling her neighborhood a “ghetto” and perpetuating a racial stereotype in an offensive remark about whether or not Burruss wanted a swimming pool.
That very same yr, the go well with says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to consult with Leakes and different of the housewives after a dispute with them, the go well with alleges. It additionally alleges Zolciak-Biermann falsely implied that Leakes used medicine and referred to as her residence a “roach nest.”
The go well with says after Leakes complaints to the executives overseeing the present, they “didn’t terminate their relationship with Zolciak-Biermann, nor take some other significant motion to place an finish to her racially-offensive conduct,” and if something rewarded her by giving her her personal spinoff present.
“From the day the sequence started filming, NeNe was the goal of systemic racism from co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, which was tolerated by Bravo government producer Andy Cohen and different executives,” Leakes’ lawyer David deRubertis stated in a press release.
Joe Habachy, one other Leakes’ legal professional, stated through e mail that “not a day goes by that NeNe doesn’t get up with an onslaught of overwhelming feelings as a direct results of these unlucky and avoidable occurrences.”