The reality star claimed in her suit that she was sexually assaulted by two cast mates while she was passed out, and the show's cameras rolled the entire time with no one intervening. She claims Kenny Santucciand Evan Starkman “took another male participant’s toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around plaintiff’s genitals, including rubbing her labia and inserting the toothbrush into plaintiff’s vagina.”
Tonya had no recollection of the assault, but she learned the following day that both the production crew and other cast members witnessed what had happened.
MTV’s ridiculous competition show is back for an umpteenth season! A new Real World Challenge, aptly titled “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons,” will feature twenty-eight of the original reality show’s has-beens stars competing for a $250,000 cash prize in Bodrum, Turkey. The competition always boasts ridiculous and heart-pounding challenges, but people tend to tune in more for the house drama, hook-ups, and fighting.
This season premieres on September 19th , and it will pit newbie housemates against players who try to make a living off of their Real World fame and winning these crazy competitions. For example, veteran Wes Bergmann can’t wait to face-off against his former Austin roommates Lacey Buehler and the now divorced Danny Jamieson and Melinda Stolp.
In the preview trailer, Wes reveals, “These people really are as dumb as they look.” Ahh, yes, Wes. Yes, they are. San Diego’s Ashley Kelsey agrees, stating, “I feel like I’m living in an insane asylum!”
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Season 22 of the popular show will take place in the Dominican Republic and will feature — well, exes! Drama is crazy to the maximum as former TV flings are forced to work together in order to dominate! Oh, to relive your glory days of on-air hook-ups once again.
The challenge will feature some interesting exes pairings such as Rachel and Aneesa, CT and Diem, Heather and Dustin, Wes and Mandi, and more!
Meet the couples and see a trailer for the new season below!
Battle of the Exes premieres Wed., Jan. 25 (9/10c) on MTV. Also, on Jan 11 a special preview episode will air explaining just why these former couples broke up!
WILL YOU BE WATCHING? WHICH OF THESE EXES DO YOU THINK WILL GET BACK TOGETHER? WHO ARE YOU PREDICTING FOR THE WIN?
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Tonya alleges that her fellow The Ruins cast mates Kenny Santucci and Evan Starkman “took another male participant’s toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around plaintiff’s genitals, including rubbing her labia and inserting the toothbrush into plaintiff’s vagina.”
Tonya claims she was passed out at the time of incident but MTV cameras captured the “rape” and did nothing to stop it – nor was she told about what happened. She reports that the following morning she found “lacerations and rash-like abrasions on her labia,” and had no idea how they got there. Later she learned that both the camera crews and other cast mates had witnessed the assault.
On the day of incident in question, Tonya’s complaint asserts that on a non-competition day MTV provided the cast members with copious amounts of alcohol before noon and offered limited food, resulting in her becoming “very intoxicated.” She also alleges that on that same day another male co-star “forcibly removed” her bikini top while the group was hanging out at the pool, which prompted her to retire to the cast’s accommodations where she “passed out on the floor.” It was during this time that the alleged rape occurred, according to Tonya’s suit.
Prior to the incident Tonya states she complained about the treatment she and other female cast members received at the hands of male counterparts and both MTV and Bunim/Murray told her to “just deal with it.”
The Reality Blurred blog also pointed out that Tonya’s lawsuit reveals she actually filed a complaint on May 7, 2010 with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, before filing this lawsuit last week. Some had wondered why Tonya waited so long since the alleged incident occurred in late 2009, and this proves she didn’t. In the original complaint, Tonya alleged “unlawful termination, harassment, failure to prevent discrimination or retaliation, retaliation and sexual assault.” It appears she tried to resolve her complaint with MTV before going the lawsuit route.
Well, a rep for Bunim/Murray is, of course, denying any culpability on the producer’s part, claiming “a thorough investigation” was conducted and that investigation “found Tonya Cooley’s claims to be completely baseless.” MTV has yet to respond do the accusations, stating they do not have a “comment” on the lawsuit. I see they take sexually assault allegations very seriously…
So seriously, in fact, that both Kenny and Evan appeared on Challenge: The Rivals, which aired this summer.
THOUGHTS ON THE ADDITIONAL DETAILS REVEALED ABOUT TONYA’S ALLEGATIONS? ARE YOU SURPRISED THE NETWORK AND THE PRODUCTION COMPANY HAVE NO COMMENT? DO YOU BELIEVE HER CLAIMS ARE “BASELESS”?
According to TMZ, Tonya is alleging she was raped and harassed by some of her fellow MTV reality stars during The Ruins Challenge back in 2009.
In the lawsuit filed against MTV, Bunim/Murray Productions, and others, Tonya alleges her Challenge costars Kenny Santucci and Evan Starkman“took another male participant’s toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around plaintiff’s genitals, including rubbing her labia and inserting the toothbrush into plaintiff’s vagina.”
Even worse, Tonya claims this all happened while she was passed out… and the rolling MTV cameras captured it all on tape.
According to the lawsuit, the show producers knew about the rape, and even replaced the toothbrush, though they never told her what happened.
Tonya claims producers turned a blind eye to incidents of sexual abuse experienced by she and other female castmembers, and encouraged male cast members to “inappropriately touch female cast members’ bodies, including in intimate areas,” while stripped of their bathing suits.
If you recall, Tonya was booted from the Challenge early on after slapping another cast member – Veronica Portillo. I blogged about that episode back in October 2009 and expressed my disgust with the way Kenny and Evan bullied a drunk Tonya.
Tonya is suing for unspecified damages. MTV has yet to comment on the suit. Tonya, who has appeared on multiple challenges, hasn’t done a challenge since The Ruins.
Get ready for more Reality TV dramz with MTV’s The Challenge: Rivals starring former MTV Real World & Road Rules castmembers.
With over $300,000 on the line there is bound to be conflict galore as the teams fight tooth and nail for prize money and glory. MTV takes 14 teams of men and women to the jungles of Costa Rica for a series of intense challenges requiring endurance, stamina, bravery, and cunning!
Expect lots of fighting, lots of backstabbing and tantrums, relationships forming and falling apart, and old rivalries reigniting! In fact, the drama is over the top right out of the gate as the first episode features contestants flying over a waterfall! Yikes. The series also features two castmembers from the very recent Real World Las Vegas, Adam Royer and Leroy ‘Roylee’ Garrett. Oddly enough, Adam is the only cast member not pictured above. Perhaps he got kicked off early for another drunken tantrum.
One thing is for sure if these enemies don’t put down the haterade, learn to put the past behind them, and work together – they definitely won’t be bringing home the dough! For a trailer of the upcoming series, see below! The Challenge: Rivals premieres tonight on MTV at 10pm ET/PT. The season trailer and photos of the 14 teams below!
Will you be watching or are you over Kenny being on the Challenges?
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TJ Lavin, host of MTV Challenges and a Pro BMX dirt bike rider, is in critical condition following a dirt bike crash on Thursday night.
According to TMZ, TJ, 33, is currently in a medically induced coma after losing control of his bike and crashing during a jump at the Dew Tour BMX event in Las Vegas.
The accident occured as TJ hit a dirt ramp, lost control, and slammed down onto the ground. Friends and crew workers reportedly rushed to his side immediately as he didn’t appear to be moving.
TMZ adds that TJ is also experiencing brain swelling while listed in critical condition. A rep for MTV had the following to say: “Our thoughts are with TJ. He is an important part of MTV’s extended family and we’re all praying for him.”
TJ is the current host of MTV’s latest challenge – Cutthroat, which airs Wednesday nights on the network. Our thoughts and prayers are with TJ and his family.
Tonight’s episode of MTV’s The Ruins ended with a fight, a breakdown, and ultimately Tonya having to leave the show.
The episode began with the two douchebags known as Evan and Kenny being outright awful to a drunk Tonya. Once they get bored with Tonya, they decided to move on to Katie for whatever reason. Evan, Kenny and Johnny have become extremely annoying, mean and evil on these challenges. Quite frankly, I’m tired of seeing them on TV. Not sure why MTV keeps bringing them back every year.
The challenges have become rather boring and predictable. The same people come back every year, bully everyone, and win year after year. Here’s to hoping these three will not be back on the next challenge.
So we get back to Tonya who admits she has a drinking problem, as well as other real life problems which includes a recent divorce. It’s obvious to see she’s a broken person who needs help, and not constant abuse/berating from the 3 douchebags. Tonya once again gets drunk, and decides to take her anger out on Veronica. She ends up hitting Veronica and going home. Evan decides to play hero and comfort Tonya, perhaps to make himself look better on TV.
Wes ends up being the voice of reason, and calls them out. After all, they did play a big role in Tonya’s breakdown on the show. For some reason, Derrick tries to shut Wes down for speaking the truth. Clearly, no one is willing to stand up to the bullies, with the exception of Wes. The episode ended with Sarah defeating Katie, and Darrell defeating Danny.
Overall, with the exception of tonight’s episode, this season has been a bit of a bore to me. It seems like a rerun of previous seasons. The same douchebags, the same bullies, and the same victims. And quite frankly, I can’t stand to watch the Kenny/Evan/Johnny douche posse anymore. MTV needs a new formula.
The Myspace Pages of The Ruins cast members is below.
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