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'Real World' Cast Member Sues

'I Was Raped With a Toothbrush'

10/27/2011 4:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A cast member on MTV's "The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins" claims male members acted like animals during production, in one case raping her with a toothbrush ... this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.

Tonya Cooley filed the suit against MTV, Bunim/Murray Productions, Kenneth Santucci, Evan Starkman and others ... claiming the two guys "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." 

Cooley says it all happened while she was passed out cold ... and cameras were rolling.

Cooley says producers not only knew about the rape, they even replaced the toothbrush, but never told her what happened.

The suit also claims female cast members were stripped of their bathing suits and that male cast members were encouraged by producers to "inappropriately touch female cast members' bodies, including in intimate areas."

Cooley alleges she and other cast members reported incidents of sexual abuse, but show honchos turned a blind eye.

Cooley claims she was later booted from the show after slapping a cast member.  She says nothing happened to the men who allegedly raped her.

Cooley is suing for unspecified damages. Calls to MTV have not been returned.

We made several calls to Bunim/Murray for comment, but each time we called ... the receptionist hung up on us.

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136.

Ginnie Piechocniski    

I don't know why the name of the show was "***" in my posting. Suffice it to say I do no*****ch any of the reality shows on MTV. Is that better, powers that be?

903 days ago
137.

scott    

that is so HOT!! Instantly would like her for that being done to her. her stupid lawsuit makes me not link her though along with her slapping one of them. if anything things like that should happen more often and it all be shown on the show

903 days ago
138.

Abysmal     

RS- Do you believe everything you're told or are you this idiotic? This entire story seems fabricated and if it was true, then I'm sure that MTV wouldn't keep footage that could possibly tarnish their image.

903 days ago
139.

zee.rizzla    

steupes Tonya will do anything for attention. She cant doanything right NOT EVEN SOFT PORN>>>gosh she is so annoying

903 days ago
140.

Angela    

I don't understand...this happened several years ago so why now? Why didn't she seek legal action then? Seems a little weird that she would have waited so long.

903 days ago
141.

Salvatore    

I agree with the comments that think there is a sickness of BOTH sides in this situation. The MTV producers are beyond psychotic and dangerous if they taped this and helped in trying to cover it up or conceal what happened, and the sexually abusive guys with the "frat boy" mentality. I can't say I'm surprised like this happened with all those sexually aggressive ******** on there, probably all liquored up and ready to violate.

If there is any truth to this story, I also hope she sues the living s*** out of MTV and these two creeps.

903 days ago
142.

hippie    

This is terrible if true, im not sure yet. Although it could've happened especially in a drunken state MTV loves to push.

As for the fools who say vids are out therefore she knew, it is blatant ignorance...

903 days ago
143.

Rudy111    

If it did occur they should be prosecuted, on the other hand when you are in the presence of drunken pin heads, you need to remain proactive and stay sober. Lest you find your Kooch inflamed the next day.

903 days ago
144.

JS    

Tonya is nuts, but having seen so many crazy escapades on the Challenges, it wouldn't shock me. MTV creates the setting for these kinds of things with alcohol and volatile/irresponsible personalities. I've heard from one of the RW cast members, drugs are rampant too. MTV needs to be responsible. The incident happened in Thailand, so who knows what the cops there did. Hope the truth comes out.

903 days ago
145.

Miss lady bug    

Hoe or not and if 's some one's drunk off their ass and passes out , it's in ok for guys to do what they want to a women passed out ?....
it's ok to rape them while they are passed out...?
And I agree MTV is total garbage...all I ever see is drunks ,ass etc.... the music to ****... :(
and thank the lord I have not choose to watch it ....
Hope she does gets these bastards period ...
Bad enough it happens to out kids... :(

903 days ago
146.

Wow    

Since when does signing up for a t.v show no matter how low brow it is make it okay for you to be sexually violated? I really do not care if she is always drunk and slept with the whole cast no one has the right to do that to her. Men do not understand that just because a girl makes poor life decisions it does not give you the right to treat her however you want. I*****irl is passed out or so drunk she can't stand and you do anything sexual with her you are a RAPIST! End of story.

903 days ago
147.

Smitty    

Please remember that behavior during a time when a person is intoxicated is still considered illegal. This case will go through the legal system, and if charges are proven, the law will prevail.

903 days ago
148.

noel    

I don't care if she was the biggest whore the show had ever seen, if what she alleges is true it's absolutely disgusting. Her being drunk and being "easy" has nothing to do with some idiots violating her while she's passed out. I do wonder how she knows now that this happened and that it was taped. I have to wonder if someone came forward and told her about it. If it's true I hope she burns them all badly.

903 days ago
149.

Nicole    

if this did in fact happen i hope she has the proof and gets the justice she deserves and all parties guilty end up getting prosecuted and put in jail and i hope if it happened to any other female cast members they come forward as well

903 days ago
150.

Zell    

good luck finding someone willing to prosecute a toothbrush.

903 days ago
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