MTV sued over 'Real World' sex assault claim
October 28th, 2011
05:06 PM ET

MTV sued over 'Real World' sex assault claim

Tonya Cooley, whom you may remember originally from "The Real World: Chicago" and subsequently from "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins," is suing MTV and production company Bunim/Murray for alleged sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination and sexual assault, among other claims.

In a complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on October 27, Cooley also cites her fellow "Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins" cast members Kenneth Santucci and Evan Starkman.

Cooley alleges that while filming the reality show in Phuket, Thailand in 2009, male contestants, including Evan and Kenneth, "forcibly removed female cast members' bathing suits,"; inappropriately touched female cast members even though the women stated the physical contact wasn't welcome; and called the female cast members derogatory terms relating to their gender, among other allegations.

In addition, Cooley alleges that she raised this issue with MTV and Bunim/Murray, but was instructed to "just deal with it" as it was part of the challenge. She also claims that the behavior of the male cast members was otherwise condoned.

The complaint states that eight days into filming on a non-competition day, the cast members were given large amounts of alcohol before noon but limited amounts of food, and Cooley claims that she became "very intoxicated."

After a male cast member allegedly "forcibly removed" Cooley's bikini top while the cast was hanging around the pool,  she says she retreated to the cast's accommodations.

Cooley alleges that after she passed out on the floor, Evan Starkman and Kenneth Santucci used another male cast member's toothbrush to rape her. According to Cooley, other cast members witnessed the alleged assault, as did the camera crews.

She also states that she believes MTV and Bunim/Murray were aware that the alleged event happened since tapes are monitored, but didn't notify her or take action against Kenneth and Evan. (Cooley says she was unaware of the assault but did notice lacerations and rash-like abrasions on her labia the next morning.)

Cooley was eventually terminated from the show after she slapped another cast member in a fight, and she says that MTV and Bunim/Murray "further mistreated" her by "subjecting her to stricter disciplinary rules than the male participants" because Evan and Kenneth weren't reprimanded.

Cooley is seeking monetary damages of an unspecified amount.

A rep for MTV told CNN that the network does not have a comment on the lawsuit.

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  1. MotoJB

    I bet she's just a tramp...that's mad for being treated like a tramp now that she was terminated from the show. All for the $$.

    November 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachel

      ya shes a liar shes my cousin and the reason why she was givin up for adoption is bcuz shes crazy and has made many allegations like this before

      January 8, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Columbia

    If you are stupid enough to want to be on a show like that, then you deserve everything that happens to you.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nina

    How did she know a toothbrush was involved? -.-

    October 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TheBigF

    She is getting at least 15 million, easy. Companies like MTV usually set aside no less than 25 million when something like this comes up and let it drag out to earn interest. This will never see a court room. If its true those cats should be praying they settle, if not they are doing at least 7 years and a day.

    October 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. loretta

    October 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tatiana

    That's terrible!

    October 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. get real people

    She was not out with friends and somehow was assaulted. She willingly went on a "reality" show(first red flag), on MTV (second red flag), started drinking heavily without eating before 10am, (third red flag), these flags can keep going, but you get the picture. The fact is she knowing did all these things with cameras rolling to get attention. When the attention became unwanted she wants to blame those around her for not doing what she was supposed to do, and that is take care of herself. Again-MTV-REALITY SHOW = BAD DECISION. She went on to make easy money.

    October 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BushMan

    Why are her eyebrows brown if she has blonde hair?

    October 29, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jone

    you people are all FOOLS ! This lawsuit is part of the reality TV Show stunt shes doing

    October 29, 2011 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Remembering College

    I had a friend in college who remembered NOTHING when she got drunk. Nothing from the end of that first beer until she woke up the next day. I'll never forget going to the bathroom with her and getting stopped by these two guys she didn't remember who told her that they and their friends had had such a good time with her the other night. Sent chills down my spine and finally proved to her that we were telling her the truth about certain things she did and said when she was loaded (and it was also the start of all of us following her around when she decided to drink).

    October 29, 2011 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeremiah David

    October 29, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
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  12. About right...

    Yep, this all seems about right. It is rather par for course when it comes to tv/media people.

    October 29, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jus' Sayin'

    I hope she wins. Not only because she was assaulted, but because it may make the reality show producers think twice about their dumb non-reality reality shows. Imagine all the lawsuits.... Then we could get back to watching real actors on television.

    October 29, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. 3 sheets

    One more question. When someone signs up a second time for a "reality" show on MTV, you don't know what you're getting into? Again, just asking.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Yes, i'm sure she signed up knowing she was going to be penetrated by a toothbrush.

      October 31, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 3 sheets

    At what point did it become "normal" to drink to the point of passing out or blacking out, before noon? I don't blame victims, but what happened to self respect and self control? At what point do you take responsibility for youself and think about what you do before you do it. Does anyone anymore think what consequences might come from their actions? Just asking.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |

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    October 29, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  17. Common Now

    ok first of all the more people around the less responsible the others are a great example there was a women that was stabbed 17 times while going to her car first she was stabbed twice then the guy came back after no one called the police and there were ten witnesses when the police came they all came out and talked about it but never did a thing. I think that was part of it and honestly a rape victim is a rape victim and should have empathy for the person at least.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  18. rayna

    Is there a counter suit filed by the guy that had to brush his teeth with that stanky, yeasty tooth brush the next morning? The damage to his breath may be cause for a suit against her. Talk about morning breath! Although wrong, the guys may have been sending a message to her, but Listerine would have been more effective, with less damage.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  19. Larry

    OK. OK. The name of the city is Phuket? Is that near Bangkok?

    Seriously though, I am willing to bet that if she won, she wouldn't be suing....just looking for another payday. But what do I know? When I take someone to Phuket by way of Bangkok, they are always willing.....

    October 29, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  20. DC

    If MTV weren't a softcore p0rn network, I'd say go for it, but they ARE a softcore p0rn network! What were you expecting, music videos!??

    October 29, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  21. Fred S.

    Another instance of MTV brutality. Hope this finally ends the sick, sordid MTV era. What a horribly devastating influence on American society. Also the music is terrible, what little there is. How about renaming it Boring Talk Vision.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  22. Weas

    Lawsuits are for pu$$ies...
    secretly chemically sterilizing someone (yeah THAT kind of sterile) while you fakely flirt and thats therapeutic!

    October 29, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  23. Ron

    I agree with Jon fully about her being force fed the alcohol. That is rediculus.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  24. bgg1175

    We need to untrain ourselves from believing the claims of women when they make these "ACCUSATIONS"! Thats all they are! In this country its very easy for women to falsely accuse men of various crimes, and women even play the "VICTIM" when caught molesting young boys! This is just a claim, that may be UNTRUE!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Ron

    I wonder if the toothbrush was saved so it could be checked for her DNA. Just wondering..........

    October 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jon

    Okay, I'm not "blaming the victim" but what is this NONSENSE about the cast members being GIVEN alcohol in large amounts. I'm sorry, but was anyone force-fed alcohol??? Was a tube inserted down anyone's throat and liquor was forced... you see what I'm saying?

    Where is the accountability? Again, I'm not saying the assault or the rape or whatever happened was her fault. BUT she needs to own up to the fact that she put herself at risk. She got herself drunk. Period. If she had gotten behind the wheel of a car and decided to drive, the courts would find her liable. She would have to accept the responsibility for her poor choice-making. Same here. She didn't ask to get raped.

    But this notion that MTV put her at risk by supplying alcohol? Puh-leez!

    October 28, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  27. The Dude

    Thats what you get for drinking booze with a bunch of guys. No one forced you to drink booze. you cheap wh0re.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Bob

    I don't get this Don't Blame the Victim movement. As far as I know no proof has been released. We have a woman who was passed out drunk, woke up with abrasions down there and thought nothing of it calling two men rapists.... with a toothbrush and in the national media no less. There is way too much crazy out there to take anyone's word on anything.

    October 28, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blessed Geek

      You coined the term "Don't Blame the Victim movement"? You are sick.

      People who believe that tv shows that put people at risk of abuse are fine and should carry on are sick. It is not whether she is opportunistic – it is the framework and process flow that MTV set up that is flawed. As long as that flaw exists that show cannot go on. And if she can prove that flaw exists, she must be compensated.

      Imagine you are a high climbing electrical high tension technician. No processes, no work flow, no precautions, no OSHA – it comes with the job and you have to take your own precautions. If you fall or get hurt – too bad.

      Sick individuals enjoying people being exposed to threats to suffer the consequences.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  29. ryan

    I remember when MTV first came out is was all music all the time. But now it's crap like this. I never watched it and never will. However I know that these reality shows are stupid and are "reality." I had a friend recently in one that was featured on CMT and they followed him everywhere, wouldn't let him got to church, and he had to tell them that they could NOT go to his work (he works for the state.) They made the schedule for he and his wife's daily activities outside of work and then when the show aired, it portrayed him in a rather bad light. I haven't seen it since I am deployed but all of our friends said that it was not a show worth watching. Reality shows are stupid and don't show anything real.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Shaniqua

    I heard about a similar incident occurring in Dallas, too. However, I'm not sure it was this extreme or even really happened. http://www.DallasLife.TV is the website. I'm wondering if these new reality shows are going to be popping up everywhere.

    October 28, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Janell

    I was recently made aware of something similar in Dallas, Texas. However, it was not this extreme at all. A group of youngsters were put in a house together with alcohol and they began to act wild. I heard rumors that there wasn't enough food so that they would keep eating, but this was later proven false. I do believe this program is about to come out and seems a lot like "real world" and "jersey shore." It's called 'Dallas Life." Sounds like another teenage raunch fest...I'll be watching, of course!

    October 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  32. BethWiehe

    If you need someone to lick the "abrasions" on your labia... I bat for the same team :->

    October 28, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  33. FOR MARIE!

    She wasn't raped...And I wonder how many of those incidents occurred whilst being pretty intoxicated. Sorry, not going to feel sorry for her...Maybe she should of tried college instead of a reality show...Anyone will do anything to make a quick buck...And FYI she was a total hypochondriac on the show...There was something "always wrong"....Can't say she's contributing much to humanity...

    October 28, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |

    I can't wait for someone to rape Marie when she's sleeping so I can tell her it didnt really happen!

    October 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Blessed Geek

    I hope she wins the law suit. Hope the evidences in the lawsuit would lead to criminal charges.

    If you produce a show that requires putting someone in the threat of physical assault and harassment, then you must pay the cost of such assault having happened.

    Facing threats of such kind of assault is not a reality tv challenge. For example, you cannot produce a TV show where the threat is a religious fundamentalist who believes in kidnapping and assaulting women to be his wives. If you cannot produce a show where you can assure your challenges do not translate into illegal assault, then you should stop producing the show – or we will have to file a complaint with the FCC and FBI against you . And those who watch to enjoy the show would be culpable as accomplices to the racket.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Tom

    I think that if someone had robbed me last night, I wouldn't wait 3 frigging years to report it. Tonya is a bonafide gold digger. A real actress or woman would completley dwart her. Tonya, go out into the real wordl and get a life!!

    October 28, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • brown

      It happened in thailand, making her unable to file charges here until it was shown on TV. AND ITS ON TAPE, IT HAPPENED.

      October 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blessed Geek

      You probably are too dumb to realise that there are people who wait for years before they feel assured enough their case would be accepted. There are people who could lose their jobs. Then moron might say – if you cannot face the threat then get out of the movie business.

      Do you mean to say acting is not a legitimate career and they must accept risks beyond that of a technician or engineer? Do you mean to say that if a nurse faces harassment in her work, she should go elsewhere to work. What a bunch of Saudi Arabian Wahabists!

      October 28, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shirley

      Because there's no criminal justice system in Thailand?

      October 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jfab

    I dont like viacom

    October 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Phucket

    Just Phucket

    October 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Tom

    Maybe her p-sy had bad breath and the crew was just trying to hellp the drunken bimbo out.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Gercy

    Ha. She's an admitted drunk.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  40. TJ

    keep hunting that fame girl

    October 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. staci

    I am MORTIFIED at how u people are responding to this...."he who is without sin cast the first stone" in lamens terms that means be willing to take at look at yourself before you judge someone else. We should be outraged at even the THOUGHT of someone doing something as hurtful and terrible as this, and supportive of the woman who MAY truly have a valid story. As a victim of abuse, i know how terrible it is to deal with, i have suppressed emotions in regards to things that have happened to me for YEARS and am just beginning to deal with them. Tonya was ALWAYS messed with on the show, ( i used to follow it) theyTORMENTED her, yes, she may have struggled with alcohol abuse but that does not make her worthless and it does not open a door for a man to take advantage of her. I am DISGUSTED at the majority of your comments and am baffled that u people even consider yourselfs human. You should be ashamed of yourselves, and you really should grow up. Always give someone the benefit of the doubt in cases like these. Why in the world would she ever want to ruin their lives like this?? if they did something so terrible they should pay!! i feel sick

    October 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Only she gets the benefit of the doubt? She's accusing two fellow human beings of rape. Two human beings with normal lives... anyone want to guess they're out living their lives or does anyone else think they're hiding at home so they don't get their butts kicked? It's a very serious allegation and none of us have seen any proof in either direction.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Gary

    Anyone who excuses this action should be ashamed of themselves No drunk or sober person should ever be assaulted – no amount of money can compensate for what a rape victim experiences.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Vail

    Sucks that women get taken advantage of on a daily basis by M-crap-TV. Sue them for all it's worth, and get that horrible programming off the air!!

    October 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  44. LOL

    You girls who are defending her are absolutely retarded. If you've seen the show you know she has no credibility. Second of all, why wait three years, then sue someone OTHER THAN THE ONES WHO RAPED YOU? I would absolutely never take the side against the victim that might have been raped, but I also do not believe that multiple cameramen and castmembers WATCHED SOMEONE GET RAPED WITH A TOOTHBRUSH, AND THEN NEVER SAID ANYTHING!?!?! every single part of this screams bs.

    October 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knucklehead

      The complaint clearly names the guys as Defendants, so..... I guess you're probably on the wrong track.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      I have watched these shows since their inception and I find it entirely believable that it could happen. Also, it doesn't take a genius to come up with a few logical reasons to why she would have waited (just read the posts). I agree that I will hold out for more information given Tonya's reputation on the show (She's definitely a nutcase), BUT I would also argue that the behavior of the jerks (because they sure aren't men) towards women on the show doesn't help their case either. If their behavior wasn't so grotesque maybe I might actually agree with you. But I don't.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  45. brunett3

    I believe her, it's caught on tape, the camera doesn't lie.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  46. blursd

    See the thing I don't understand (assuming her story is true) is why she would choose to sue MTV and it's subsidiaries, but NOT the three individuals who ACTUALLY committed the act of rape (as she alleges it).

    I think that's why most people are accusing her of being a "gold digger," and one of the main reasons why her argument seems disingenuous – apart from being filed THREE YEARS after the allege rape occurred.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  47. horsey

    Doesn't surprise me at all. I say take down MTV. It's a rash on the backside of civilized society. It needs to go NOW!

    October 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Kermit

    I don't know what smells fishier, her story or that guy's toothbrush.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill


      No more calls. We have a winner. GREAT response!!!!!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • u r morons

      you're both too stupid to realize your comments makes no sense.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      Actually they made plenty of sense. In good taste, no. But made sense, entirely.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  49. Tom Rocket

    It is amazing anyone would legally have to respond to such a weak accusation.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jason

    Look at the name of the city you were in. What else did you expect to happen??

    October 28, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Uh?

    What did you expect to happen on a sleezy network like MTV? Granted, the girl should have been tipped off by the vomit smell in the air, but the carrot MTV held under her nose hid the odor quite nicely. I feel sorry for her if she was the victim of a rape, but what did she expect? If MTV could have gotten away with it, they would have filmed the whole "reality" event. And, of course, garnered an audience to "support" them. They may still buy her a new toothbrush. After all, they are known for their ethical they say.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      This was something like her 10th show on MTV. She was not a doe-eyed ignorant. Just a washed up has been with a very serious drinking problem and need for attention. Why else would someone eat bugs and make out with a Thai stranger of dubious gender?

      October 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Ohboy

    I remember Tonya. She was AWFUL when she was in Chicago. I never saw her on the subsequent seasons she was featured in but I still remember her from that first show. She's is a bully and pretty much fought with everyone over nothing. I'm not saying this stuff didn't happen...but I'm not surprised she has a lawsuit after getting fired. She's a vindictive B.

    Seriously, she was the female Puck.

    October 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Thom

    All these people in the article are nothing more than White Trash... a more urban variety. Trashy behavior is all the rage these days it seems. If this is really what passes for entertainment in the US these days, then we are beyond hope as a culture.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  54. dc

    Rape is rape. I hope she takes them for all they are worth.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |

      prove that she was raped...... if she going to accuse, then prove it..... so far nothing has been proven so shut your mouth as well....

      October 28, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Marie

    I wonder how many of those incidents occurred whilst being pretty intoxicated. Sorry, not going to feel sorry for her...Anyone will do anything to make a quick buck...And FYI she was a total hypochondriac on the show...There was something "always wrong"....Can't say she's contributing much to humanity...If she were truly upset about what they DID she would press CRIMINAL charges. She's suing for $$$. She wants $$$...

    October 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Travis

    This doesn't surprise me at all. MTV lets all kinds of unacceptable behavior be broadcasted on their network, so I can only imagine the kind of things that are left on the cutting room floor. Although to be fair, most of these contestants are no-talent publicity hounds who will do anything for their proverbial 15 minutes of fame, so she's probably doing it more to cash in rather than to address wrongdoing. In any case, I hope she wins her lawsuit – one more nail in the coffin for this kind of trash TV.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  57. supernautk1

    Who uses a toothbrush like that?

    October 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      That's what I've been doing wrong all those years....silly me.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |

    A person like her perplexes me..... i am trying so hard to believe her but everything i am feeling tells me she is out for a payday...... I have learned to trust my instincts..... so im calling her out.... Golddigger!!!!!!!
    MTV should counter-sue for defamation and then see which crap stinks the least.... at least both parties then have level playing field....
    The More Counter-suits happen the less likely Goddigger...... (MEN and WOMEN) will sue without proof...... and women..... i have included men in this arguement so don't start a gender thing because men also get raped and they also gold dig as well!!!!!!!!!!

    October 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • jen

      totally agree......... this would be a criminal case if she felt violated...... $ wouldnt matter!

      October 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |

      also.... if its not about the money then tell everyone that you will donate all proceeds to charity that way the media and people in general will tend to believe you..... because ladies and gents nobody take anybody seriously unless you put your "balls" on the table and risk it all for what truely is The Truth!!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      Alright some reading, the criminal case would have to be filed in Thailand.

      October 29, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  59. Les

    only have info from article, but telling me that they gave the cast alcohol and hardly any food....DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU DRINK SO MUCH YOU PASS OUT!!! HELLO, who's fault is that? and the only evidence she has is a do we know she didn't have the rash prior(if there was even a rash at all, it was several years ago. did she take a picture? other than the ones she usually takes)

    October 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  60. jennifer

    if she was going after them in a criminal court because she wanted justice i would back her completely but its only civil and she wants money... if you felt violated and raped (which she may feel) then money wouldnt even be a factor.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Good thing she doesn't care or want your "support." Filing criminal charges in Thailand would be a waste of time, and you cannot file them in the US. Logical reasoning Jennifer.....

      October 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Ah-ha

    Starkman started a clothing line with friend and previous RW/RR Challenge teammate, Kenny Santucci.[10] The line is called Suck Yeah... New spin-off apparel line: Brushed Yet, Yes?

    October 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  62. keith

    she's probably doin it just for the money and potental fame....and she's blown ALOT of it out of proportion. Wouldn't surprise me one bit that it's payback towards the guys from something consensual between the three of them

    October 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  63. singingmichbbw

    BuzzA you must be one of the few Real Men left ! So many of you want to slam the girl but did you watch the show at all ? Do you know about contract laws and clauses ? Or just running your mouths ? Those two men are all over the net laughing at the allegations and at the same time reffering to her as the brushed trout . . . doesnt sound like they are anything but sick jerks . And contrary to your stupidity being drunk doesnt deserve rape in any form.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  64. V Saxena

    "whom you may remember"

    ... uh.... sorry, but I have no clue who this chick is.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Evan

    And how come she hasn't pressed charges against the guys yet?

    October 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Dick

    Isn't the whole point of real world to get young people trashed and Fu€k3|)??? I thought that's why you signed up for something like this. That's really all they ever show on MTV anyway, no one would watch if it was just ugly people doing those stupid challenges that are only 5min of the show anyway. The rest is the drama of getting smashed and hooking up. She should have just opened her mouth like the wh0£3 she was getting paid to be. I mean, if something like that happened to me, I would have been gone that night, not stick around. It's not like she didn't know someone did something to her when she woke up.

    October 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  67. JakeF

    "among other things"

    It's just a number game. Money, money, money. MTV will settle this out of court They really don't have a choice. It's much cheaper to simply throw money at someone like this... and they *will* go away.

    Funny how money solves most of life's problems, isn't it?

    October 28, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  68. victim blamer

    A lot of girls are so naive on how the male brain works, sadly.

    Any attractive girl, passed out drunk around other men, is playing with fire.

    That would be the equivalent of a guy wearing speedos in a gay bar expecting not to get his buttocks grabbed.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  69. jk

    "Ohhh I got black out drunk and have 0 recollection what happened last night, IM SUEING EVERYONE FOR RAPE!!!!"

    October 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  70. worthless

    at least you all dont have to see her everyday in person and listen to her squacky annoying voice! Or watch her get so drunk that she pees her pants.... we do! ugh, she is disgusting. she is so different than she was in high school, she treats evryone like dirt and thinks she is so famous that she is too good for anybody. a complete embarassment...

    October 28, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      I must say some context for this for would be nice....please......go on......

      October 29, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  71. Kris

    If the contract does not say anything about not being protected from potential rape, and the contract was signed in the USA, there's still some grounds to seriously shoot these mother****ers. Sorry. I'm not saying the girl isn't completely stupid. She may be. But that doesn't mean someone can take her out of her normal safe area, or coerce her out of her normal safe area with the promise of money, and put her in a country where she'll be raped for the purposes of filming her rape. That's called human trafficking.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  72. badnews

    I bet the guys will walk away free.
    But the good news is, I think we can get a conviction on the toothbrush.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Unconditional Basic Human Rights

    Disgusting trend is developing here. The patriarchs and fascists here need to get a grip. I hope your daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers don't know what it's like to be abused like this and then have a bunch of masochistic men and arrogant boys spit at them like what is going on here on the soundoff boards.

    Humanity needs a new plague.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick

      I hope your son goes to Thailand, has some hot chick let him stick a toothbrush in her, then cries rape three years later.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Glenn Quagmire

    Something smells fishy here, Gigiddy

    October 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Glenn Quagmire

    Can I buy that toothbrush? Gigiddy

    October 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Daws

    I hope mtv finally dies because of this. Since all they do these days is promote complete tools this is hardly surprising. They're so out of touch it's ridiculous. Ironically a lot of tools seem to be here today, perhaps because the news item mentioned their favorite network >.<

    October 28, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Judge Judy

    The lawsuit is simple. If the toothbrush stinks like fish, then she is clearly telling the truth and will win the case.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Nutball

    People don't understand how long lawsuits actually take. It's not like she woke up yesterday and decided to file. Once an intent to sue is given to the opposing party, any legal action goes through mediation and sometimes arbitration before a lawsuit is filed. That means, Cooley might have been trying to settle this for a long time and MTV wouldn't budge or wanted to fight.

    If the alleged rape has witnesses and caught on tape, MTV is going to lose more than just millions of dollars.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  79. RSF

    Although I don't condone this kind of behavior, she must have been really drunk. I mean she got felt up by the tooth brush and did not know it? I am sure it happend, she liked it and now she can't get casted for anything because she has no skill or talent. She needs money and is suing. If I got raped by a toothbrush I would have contacted authourities immediately. Watch out Lindsey she is going to steel your adult toy money you want.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToothbrushVictim#2

      RSF....I too was raped by my toothbrush and it no laughing matter...the upside is I get comments on how minty fresh I smell..the bad part is I cry when I brush my teeth now!! How dare you question her motives!! Maybe the toothbrush threatened to do it again!! You should be ashamed of yourself!!

      October 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  80. RealWorldFan

    Having watched that season of the Challenge, this lawsuit doesn't surprise me. Kenny and Evan were portrayed as total and complete a$$es on that show, and their obsession with making Tonya and other women feel like dirt seems pervasive. I realize I wasn't there and I don't know the truth of this matter, but as a viewer, I find this lawsuit completely plausible. On the other hand, Tonya also seemed to be a bit psycho and a whiner, but...I could see this happening. I wish everyone the best, and may the truth be revealed.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheryl brian

      i watched her season on real world. she was a whiner and complained constantly, she coudn't do any work because she had kidney problems( going to the hospital on a few occasions). with all that i was shocked to see her on the challenge shows a she refused to do anything on her original show( not even the household chores)!!!!!!

      October 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zinga

      I totally agree with you, I stopped watching the challenges after that season because of all the misogyny that was going on. It really got too sickening for me. And the worse part about it was that most of the females on the show did not stand up for the other women, they were just as disgusting as the offending males.

      October 31, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  81. cvf

    Cooley says she was unaware of the assault but did notice lacerations and rash-like abrasions on her labia the next morning... if I ever wake up and notice this on buttt hoole, I'm not telling anyone.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  82. b0bc4t

    remember s3xual assault is based on the perceptions of the ACCUSER who felt harrassed, not the fratboys of an MTV show in paradise. Getting drunk was her own doing, and while probably condoned and party refreshments provided by MTV, they still have a responsibility to care for their cast, respect their opinions and provide a safe working envirnment where actresses don't have to fend off fellow cast members from making unwanted advances.

    PAY HER... PAY HER BIG $$$$ You get as much in publicity as you pay out, and it is what you'd expect when your programming and viewer base is Jersey Shore and Housewives of wherever, where cat fights are ratings, and basal mentalities are the desired audience.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Brian

    I can't help but note that *she* had no problems with taking advantage of intoxicated women back when she worked for "Girls Gone Wild"...

    October 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  84. SomeGuy

    Why would she stay with the show after having been raped with a toothbrush? She should have quit and left immediately. I doubt she didn't know. I mean really, who would stay quiet about this if everyone knew about it? And the article doesn't say how she found out or when.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  85. whatever

    Why wait so long to file suit? Definitely not good for the case. And if you were violated as you say you were, you were raped. Where are the criminal charges? Doesn't look good at all ...

    October 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daws

      Maybe she has a life to deal with and sh!t takes time? It's not unusual for lawsuits to be filed a year or so after the fact.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Buzz Aldrin

    Dude if someone raped her with a toothbrush and MTV did nothing about it she has a case. Period.

    How would you like it if you passed out and someone shoved a plunger or toothbrush in YOUR ass?

    October 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • gumby

      Where does it say the toothbrush went up her azz? It could have gone somewhere else.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Honorable Mrs. Graham

    What is WRONG with this generation??? All these shows that are about nothing but young people getting wasted and screwing each other are sickening. Enough is enough!

    October 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  88. cvf

    10:00 am and no food. Might as well get drunk...

    October 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly ann

      KEEP IN MIND EVERYONE DRANK!! and yes, that is kind of stupid. i give you that.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  89. kelly ann

    Steve it sounds like she obviously has a story to tell and it would not have gotten all the way to CNN if there wasnot SOME credability to it. People will do anything to stop the harrassment when no one else will listen. God forbid she defends herself.. against a man. Millions of brave women right now are doing that, it's called self-defense. Either way.. you were not there.. let everyone have a say. It's obvious MTV has something to hide if they are not releasing anything right now.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • It wouldn't get all the way to CNN?

      What about the broad that accused the Duke Lacrosse team. Or the b***h that accused Tyson. Women that wait and plan are liars and golddiggers. She is definitely one.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beau

      Credibility? Just because it was reported on DOES NOT give it credibility. I've seen articles about Vampires and Zombies. It's like the management says something to the effect of "Okay writers, try to write as many superficial articles as you can, GO!" The "victim" has had no other persons come forward. She CHOSE to drink alcohol just like she CHOSE not to eat food. Some people might say bad things happen to bad people. You could place bad with stupid here. Whether that is "right" or not is a whole different matter.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      I don't care what they found with the Lacrosse team....Where there is smoke, there is fire.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • tjp

      It's a bad day when people believe that their news is 100% accurate and factual. I mean, damn... it's very clear natural selection does not exist within the human race any more by reading these comments.

      October 31, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  90. Dushbee

    2009? Too late, gold digger

    October 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • kelly ann

      I am sure that she could find other means of swindling money.. she is not being a gold digger. she is defending herself when being pushed down. she wouldnt have kept it up for so long if that was not the case.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  91. cvf

    So where are the pool pics?

    October 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Ron

    Just because you are "given large amounts of alcohol before noon", doesn't mean you have to drink so much that you pass out and don't wake up even though people are "raping" you with a toothbrush. In fact, you don't have to drink at all. I think most people, who aren't alcoholics or losers, start drinking sometime AFTER NOON.
    It doesn't make what happened to her right, but she could have avoided the situation entirely by just using a LITTLE BIT of self control.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • cvf

      I will start at 11:00 sometimes... on the weekend... or if I'm camping... or on vacation... or...

      October 28, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennifer


      October 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      It's the alcohol. But the challenges and taping start pretty early in the morn so I wouldn't put it past them.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • s

      Thats what their "job" entails. Sometimes people forget how much they've had compared to how much their body can handle at the moment, especially in that kind of environment. Its not like they were sitting around playing chess, listening to Mozart with a bottle of wine or a scotch on the rocks.

      October 31, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  93. steve

    So let me get this straight... she's sueing them because they treated her horribly *and* because they made her leave (fired her)?
    Isn't that a bit like the old joke about "the food is terrible...and such small portions too..."?

    October 28, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  94. kelly ann

    No, it sounds like someone was molested with a toothbrush. you must take every alligation you take seriously! look into it, let her have a word in what she says about what happened to her body. Maybe she was under contract and had to wait a couple of years before being released and being able to say anything. Shame on you, I swear it is like we all took 40 steps back since the passage of roe vs wade.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Are you serious? What does roe v wade have to do with this?

      October 28, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I doubt her contract had a "don't allege rape" clause. And you obviously have no idea what Roe v. Wade is.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  95. Steve

    Amazing how the whole Real World franchise has gone downhill from the first few seasons and devolved into "Girls Gone Wild". I remember in the Real World LA season how David was kicked out for pulling away the blanket from his roommate – now something like this happens and they do nothing?!

    October 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  96. doug

    She'll never do lunch in Hollywood again.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Jackolantern

    Sounds like she's a nut (but you never know). The good thing about this case? either it's true or completely false, as it's so unbelievable. That the 'crew' would witness this is curious.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  98. You People R Demonic

    Everyones blaming her for trying to get paid when she was clearly raped and victimized by sick twisted and demonic individuals, friend. Its sickening. She should be compensated because the directors of the show allowed her to be raped and did not even have the courage to tell her and instead kicked her off the show. The creators of this show are demons.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Really Jennifer?

    How could you find the lawsuit insulting and how do you know she's looking for a quick buck? Did you win the lawsuit already or something? The fact is we haven't been presented with the FACTS so reserve judgment about how insulted or not you are until that happens. Why wait so long... someone just answered above, and reasonably at that. The alleged assault occurred in THAILAND, but when the show was released to US audiences she then had a potential lawsuit on her hands. Please read carefully before penning your disgust at a woman pursuing justice... whether guilty or not. That's the way the justice system works in America.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha

      Where are the facts????? These aren't facts as of right now. These are just allegations.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  100. You Guys Are Morons

    People, there are videos of the disgusting toothbrush incident, and witnesses. What is wrong with y'all? I hope those guys get the clap and die.

    October 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • You're Stupid

      She claims there is video. There is no proof of any video existing. She is out to make money just like most women that wait forever to come to light. I bet she wishes there was some celebrity in the house she could name to make more cash.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      I am sorry, I don't believe for one minute that everybody on the show & the camera crew members didn't do ANYTHING to stop these men from using a "toothbrush" on her. LMAO... I am so sorry, but this claim is hilarious. I don't believe this. Not ONE person stopped these guys from touching her? COME ON!!!!!!!!!!

      October 28, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHzrd420

      LOL....if you watched this show (which I shamelessly do, sorry) it is unfortunately believable that they could stand around and watch. Half the people could have been too drunk to know.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  101. us1776

    Completely not believable.

    Where's the police report?


    October 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Jennifer

    I'm a rape victim and I find this suit insulting! Looking for a quick buck, I see!! Why would you wait this long and NOT file criminal charges??

    October 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously?

      International laws work differently. 'I'm a rape victim' doesn't give you license to blame the victim either, or assume she's gold-digging. Especially if it's on tape. Shame on you. You should know better. People deal with things differently. For shame. Show some compassion.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      Because she might not have been aware that it happened. If you read the article, she was passed out when they used the toothbrush on her.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • xnay

      Let's hear this story in detail

      October 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paganguy

      Having any sort of intercourse with a unconscious woman (passed out) is rape by law.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      If you truly are a rape victim then you should understand that everyone does things differently. How disgusting you are being to another rape victim and judgmental. As a rape victim myself, I find your comment offensive.

      October 28, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      You have to file criminal charges within the jurisdiction that the criminal offense happened. In this case it was in Thialand. American courts have no jurisdiction over this as a criminal case, but she can file a civil suit in the US courts.

      October 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristina

      Jennifer, if you truly are a rape victim (I doubt your claim based on your lack of awareness about how these issues work and lack of empathy), you would understand that there are many legitimate reasons why she may have waited.

      October 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jug

      You're an idiot.

      October 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  103. MTV?

    I forgot MTV existed. Doesn't surprise me that this allegedly happened. I wish we could file a class-action lawsuit against them for making people like Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber famous, as well as making America's youth dumber.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Only the Shadow Knows

      I agree so Wholeheartedly with this answer. MTV is way to full of itself and is starting to act like that boss who doesnt have to pay attention anymore. They are ruining lives I know 4 different Girls under 20 in the last year that have all thought it was ok to just pop one out and play the victim when it doesnt work out and their life goes to crap. Thanks MTV. Wanna fund all the Welfare victims you Creat?

      October 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotMusicTelevision

      MTV didnt make lady gaga and justin bieber popular. the radio and promoting did. Hell MTV doesn't even really have anything to do with music anymore. Unless you think Teen Mom and whatever else they show on repeat day after day is music.

      October 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Mick

    I agree with Tim. She knows they will pay her off just to go away. Sleazy move.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      Not necessarily. If they wanted her to go away, they would have already paid her. they just thought that they could settle it for less than she is willing to take.

      October 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tia

      How do you know what her motives are, Mick? That's right, you don't. Keep pulling your facts out of your a$$ and maybe one day you'll manage to pull your head out of there too.

      October 29, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  105. Mark

    Is that with a capital "C"?

    October 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  106. threestars

    why didn't she file criminal charges? ridiculous.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      It occurred in Thailand so criminal charges have to be handled there. Because MTV chose to distribute the show in the U.S> it opened up MTV to a civil lawsuit in the U.S.

      It is odd the way our laws work.

      October 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melinda

      She did first. They were found guilty. Then you can go forward with a civil suit.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  107. tsicby

    I hope she takes them for all their worth. MTV is a degenerate company.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Agreed. I don't understand why anyone watches that channel. Most of their shows are disgusting, and if they aren't disgusting, they're idiotic.

      October 31, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Interesting how simply "failure to sue fast enough" is enough to cast doubt on the victim for some people.

      October 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  108. tim

    Looks like she is looking for $$$. My big question is why DID she wait SOO long to file this or complain??? HMM sounds fishy to me.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marsha

      Probably because she's gone through the money she earned already.

      October 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melinda

      Tim: I looked up the case. It was just made public. Everyone should know that lawsuits can take years to settle. And to everyone, it's on videotape.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • c jones

      We obviously can't know why she delayed, but here's one likely possibility:

      She [most likely] raised this a long time ago, directly with MTV. To avoid further embarassment to all concerned they would have tried to settle before she filed. You don't just run out and file a lawsuit you send demand letters, try to discuss settlement, maybe even have a mediation in some instances. She would have filed the actual lawsuit only when the statute of limitations was approaching. I'm a lawyer by the way who handles these type of lawsuits.

      October 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      because she probably tried to negotiate for a while with them through an attorney and now they are filing. Lawsuits take time.

      October 28, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      its funny alot of people are commenting that the rape was taped i saw no where in the article that it was taped, yes it does say everything they did was taped but it doesnt say in the article that this was taped, she is assuming ( according to the article) that it was taped and the producers knew about it. also it is funny that she was kicked off the show for assult ( which she could be sued for too) and you would think a rape is definatly a worse thing,

      October 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  109. ariadesitter

    @vaf: sounds like youre part of the problem.

    October 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |

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