Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes filed a complaint against the show’s producers, saying that they produced and condoned a hostile and racist work environment.
The Associated Press reports that Leakes complained to program bosses about racist remarks made by white castmate Kim Zolciak-Bierman.
Rather than taking action against Zolciak-Bierman, Leakes was penalised.
Companies included in the complaint include NBCUniversal, Bravo, True Entertainment, and Truly Original.
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Andy Cohen, the show’s executive producer, has also been named.
The suit claims that NBC, Bravo, and True establish a corporate and professional culture in which racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is condoned – if not encouraged.
When a scenario was intended to take place at a BBQ, Zolciak-Bierman remarked in the complaint saying, “I don’t want to hang around with NeNe Leakes and eat chicken.”
In season five, Zolciak-Bierman referred to Kandi Burruss’s area as ghetto, implying that Burruss did not require a swimming pool.
She is also accused of using the N-word in relation to NeNe Leakes, as well as referring to her home as a roach nest and spreading false stories about drug misuse.
“As the Black Lives Matter movement swept our country, Mrs. Leakes — Bravo’s historically most successful Black female star — should have been embraced by NBC, Bravo, and True,” according to a portion of the lawsuit.
“Instead, NBC, Bravo, and True kicked her out of the home she built, depriving her of a regular position.”
The suit did not involve Zolciak-Bierman. Leakes was on RHOA for seven seasons.