NeNe Leakes is suing Bravo, producers of The Actual Housewives, and Andy Cohen for racial discrimination.
The lawsuit filed in federal courtroom in Atlanta claims Nene, 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 corporations True Leisure and Really 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 wherein racially-insensitive and inappropriate habits is tolerated – if not, inspired,” the go well with says.
Nene, 54, a TV character 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.
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The go well with alleges that the defendants’ actions violate federal employment and anti-discrimination legislation, and it seeks financial damages to be decided at trial.
The go well with says in 2012 in the course of the fifth season, Zolciak-Biermann made “racially offensive and stereotypical” feedback in regards to the new house 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 12 months, the go well with says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to seek advice from 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 medication and referred to as her house 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 another significant motion to place an finish to her racially-offensive habits,” and if something rewarded her by giving her her personal spinoff present.