NeNe Leakes, a former star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reality show, has filed a lawsuit claiming its production companies fostered a hostile and racist work environment.
Leakes’ lawsuit was filed Wednesday in an Atlanta federal court and reported by the Associated Press. The complaint alleges Leakes complained for years about racist remarks from fellow “Housewife” Kim Zolciak-Biermann, who is white. However, the suit contends, Leakes was the only one to suffer consequences.
Defendents in the lawsuit include NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original, executives from those companies, and “Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen. Conspicuously absent is Zolciak-Biermann.
“NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged,” the suit claims.
Leakes, real name Linnethia Monique Leakes, spent seven seasons on the show between 2008 and 2020.
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SOURCE: Deadline, Bruce Haring