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    Default MTV Settles Rape Lawsuit With Real World Alum After Implying She Asked for It

    MTV has reached an out-of-court settlement on a lawsuit brought by Tonya Cooley, who alleged that she was raped by her Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins castmates while producers watched and kept the cameras rolling. Details of the settlement have not been made public, but earlier this year MTV's parent company, Viacom, responded to Cooley's complaint by saying, "[Cooley] failed to avoid the injuries of which she complains. [She] was frequently intoxicated, rowdy, combative, flirtatious and on multiple occasions intentionally exposed her bare breasts and genitalia to other contestants." So they don't deny that a sexual assault happened; rather, she had it coming.

    Cooley was originally a castmate on The Real World: Chicago, which aired in 2002. Before being cast on the show, she had been a foster child who had never found a permanent home before eventually aging out of the system. Having appeared on over a dozen different reality shows between 2002 and 2009, Cooley was one of the first people to create a career out of reality television, which has effectively ended after her stint on The Ruins, where the alleged rape occurred.


    In the complaint filed on October 27, 2011—which names MTV, Bunim-Murray Productions, and The Challenge castmates Kenneth Santucci and Evan Starkman—Cooley alleged she was a victim of sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, and sexual battery. According to the complaint, Santucci and Starkman "took another male participant's toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around [Cooley]'s genitals, including rubbing her labia and inserting the toothbrush into plaintiff's vagina" while she was passed out drunk. She says that producers were aware of what happened and more than likely watched it on monitors while it was going on. But they did not stop it, nor did they reprimand Santucci or Starkman. They did, however, replace the toothbrush. They never informed Cooley of what happened. She reportedly learned about the incident after the fact from other female cast members.


    The complaint says that production "condoned, encouraged, and ratified" inappropriate behavior of the male cast members toward female cast members and provided copious amounts of alcohol and little food to get "participants to engage in scandalous behavior that would increase viewer ratings."


    And Cooley definitely took advantage of the free booze. Her heavy drinking was a plot point during the show. She was often shown disheveled and falling down drunk. But Cooley was very open about her problem with alcohol and her own emotional instability, saying, "Drinking for me is just to disappear and to forget that all these people are out to get me and they don't like me."



    One scene from the show is clearly part of the incident mentioned in the sexual battery complaint. According to the legal document, the cast members had all been drinking by the pool when one of the male cast members removed Cooley's bikini top and threw it in a tree. Cooley left the pool area to return to her bedroom, where she alleges that Santucci and Starkman continued to "harass and torment" her, squirting lotion onto her head and throwing baby powder in her face as she was telling them not to touch her. All of this was filmed and can be seen in the video to the left.

    According to Cooley, just after this, she passed out on the floor. She later learned that Santucci and Starkman slapped her in the face several times to try and wake her up. When they could not, they inserted a toothbrush into her vagina. From the complaint:
    The following morning, unaware of the sexual assault, Plaintiff noticed that she was sore in her vagina and had lacerations/rash like abrasions on her labia. Plaintiff assumed the lacerations/abrasions were some sort of rash caused by her participation in various physical challenges.
    Subsequent episodes focused on Cooley's emotional instability, culminating in a physical altercation with a female cast member that got Cooley kicked off the show. (Cooley believes that part of her termination had to do with the complaints that she made about how the male cast members were treating the females.)


    That episode aired two years before Cooley filed her lawsuit, however, at the time, I noted how sympathetic her castmates were (including Starkman) in the "After Show" that appeared on MTV.com, saying how they felt Cooley had finally snapped over a highly offensive, unaired remark. In the clip below, the cast members are talking about the "low blow" comment, and at the :45 second mark a female cast member says "Yeah, about the rape…"


    There were other cast members who voiced their concern for Cooley's mental health and remarked on Santucci's and Starkman's cruelty.


    "Evan and Kenny truly get off on being a dick. They're obnoxious, they're annoying, and they're bad," said one female castmate in an interview.


    Another said, "Kenny and Evan are making this challenge hell for me," after she discovered (on camera) that they had put a toilet plunger in her bed. (This incident is mentioned in Cooley's lawsuit.)


    "There's a line that keeps getting crossed that shouldn't be crossed," said yet another female cast member.


    Although it appeared that Cooley waited two years before making rape allegations, she actually had tried pursuing other avenues to resolve the issue without suing. On May 7, 2010, Cooley filed a formal complaint with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing "alleg[ing] unlawful termination, harassment, failure to prevent discrimination or retailiation, retaliation and sexual assault." The statue of limitations for filing a lawsuit was October 28, 2011, which explains why she ended up doing that on October 27, 2011 when she hadn't yet reach an agreement with MTV.


    The main legal issue for Cooley was that she was suing for sexual harassment and wrongful termination, but the
    extensive waiver she signed with the production company not only says that cast members are not official employees, but that they might have to deal with "non-consensual physical contact, of which MTV is not responsible," which means that they could get raped on camera and MTV wouldn't be at fault.


    In Cooley's case, Viacom did not deny the allegations of sexual battery, and instead attributed some of the blame to her for getting "intoxicated" and "flirtatious."


    By the way, this is not the first time a person was allegedly raped on camera while filming The Real World. During the filming of the 2004 season in San Diego, a 22-year-old woman claimed she was raped in the house, by a guest of one of the roommates, after being roofied. Apparently, the production staff found the woman lying naked on the bathroom floor.

    One cast member said she heard the accused rapist of walking out of the bathroom saying, "I just hit that." The cameras were rolling when the woman woke up, and one of the female roommates in the house informed her that she may have been sexually assaulted. The police were called, but a lawyer for Bunim/Murray stepped in and refused to let the cops search the bedrooms. The police returned with a search warrant and seized all bedding, editing equipment, and tapes from the time of the alleged crime. The result was that nearly a month of footage ended up on the cutting room floor because it wasn't returned in time, including the cast's Mexican vacation footage. No arrests were ever made.



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    Google image her name.......Did she ask for it? If asking for it is being drunk as hell, fallin down in skimpy clothes, being continually shameless on tv is asking for it, I guess she did.

    But I dont think so, if it was a man behaving as she has, he wouldnt have had a toothbrush shoved up his ass.

    If one of my daughters drinks too much at a party, acts like an ass, fine. But I would feel as though she had been assaulted if someone shoved a toothbrush up her cooch while she was passed out.

    The girl is guilty of drinking too much, making poor choices and because of that, left herself in a position where she could not protect herself.

    I think every person who noticed the assault happening and didnt try to stop it holds some responsibility.

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    Anyone who knows of & watches Tonya, she's fucking crazy. Like mental disorder Britney cray cray... I dont know the exact circumstances here, but I cannot fault a girl who clearly seems to need proper medication to act "normal". Fueling her with alcohol & continuously putting her in these type of situations is not in her best interest.
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    I don't care if she drank 10 gallons of booze and was running around naked, NO ONE has the right to touch her, let alone shove anything inside her.
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    It's far more disgusting and shameful to be the kind of person that would shove a toothbrush up a passed out girl, or watch and DO NOTHING, than be a drunk. The perpetrators and MTV should DIAF.

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    I didn't think it was possible to hate MTV more than I already do. HATE!

    Is that what the Real World came to? I watched religiously when they had that guy with HIV in the house. Those were good years.
    What if Superman is psychotic and everyone can see that he's Clark Kent but they just play along not to set him off?

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    ^ That was Pedro in the 2nd season. I liked the Real World before Las Vegas. Some challenges are ok when the have the older folks.

    Anyone see Tonya's soft core porn, or Playboy pics? Po' thang. Putting yourself out there, then have guys doing stuff to you sexually. I suppose they thought it was ok or funny since she is putting herself out there.
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    Actually didnt know she did a porn, knew about Playboy - but I always put Tonya in the class of Trishelle from LV. They both play the token "sluts", just like Veronica & Aneesa are always the "bitch" roles. I've actually lost track of how many RW/RR challenges Tonya has done - it has to be one of the most. But, that being said, Kenny has ALWAYS been an insane douchebag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkbunnyslippers View Post
    Putting yourself out there, then have guys doing stuff to you sexually. I suppose they thought it was ok or funny since she is putting herself out there.
    I don't care if the girl is Jenna Jameson or the girl next door, any guy who messes sexually with a passed out girl is nothing but a rapist.

    That's right, Pedro! I'd forgotten the name. I think Real World 1 and 2 were pretty good. I also watched the one that was set in London, not sure if it was 3.
    What if Superman is psychotic and everyone can see that he's Clark Kent but they just play along not to set him off?

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    London was season 4: It was New York, LA, San Fran, then London. I stopped watching after Austin (Season 16, 2005ish).

    Eh, I think the "image" you put forward for years has a play on how people perceive you. Plus, I also dont put it past producers/crew of MTv to instigate such things (which is why I'm grateful she sued them). In RW NOLA, there were allegations of rape from a random bar girl, statements from others seeing her - she filed a report with police, the DA decided to not proceed because "there wasnt enough evidence". IMO, this isnt MTv's first rodeo with these kinds of things.
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    If you have evidence of a sexual assault on tape, and you do not turn it over to the authorities, isn't there a criminal charge that would apply?
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