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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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151.

SImon    

WOW! As someone who has watched these 'Challenge' shows in their entirety ~ THIS is KARMA for Kenny & Evan but Karma ain't playing this time because it's over for them!!!! And MTV and 'Barnum & Barnum' are going to take a HIT! It's Cha-CHING for TONYA and deservedly SO!

1005 days ago
152.

Deppe    

Poor Tanya. Someone finally stepped forward at MTV and you found out about being violated. And yes. Anyone who watches these shows like I do, know that Evan and Kenny are totally capable of it. I feel bad for Tanya. Reality TV has not been kind to that girl.

1005 days ago
153.

Kelly    

Muppet:

When she woke up the next morning, she says she was unaware of the sexual assault, but noticed she had lacerations and abrasions. Only later did she learn about it from other castmembers who watched them do it.

Innocent until proven guilty? Yes, but Evan and Kenny (Kenneth is way too refined for this idiot) are two of the biggest douche bags you will EVER come in contact with. Classless, soulless, I could go on for days.

Tonya is a good person, she really is. I can't say the same thing in regards to the crew and most of the cast of these "challenge" shows. I'm actually surprised people keep watching them given how irrelevant the shows are. Road Rules isn't even on the air anymore!

1005 days ago
154.

heartofmysins    

Unfortunately, Tonya likely signed a contract releasing MTV and all affiliated parties of any duty to protect or report her. Have you seen the contracts these people sign? http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/mtv_real_world_contract.php. She probably won't have a cause of action. Too bad, so sad. Read the contract next time Tonya.

1005 days ago
155.

Jason    

Whay else is sick, Is all the " She asked for it " attitude most of you judgmental, self-righteous, sad excuses for humanity that I've read in most of these posts! no one, no matter how promiscuous the person is while awake, deserves to be sexually assaulted by anybody, with anything, let alone by two or more people you have to live with! And with a toothbrush? I don't care what contract she signed, or with whom she signed it for, MTV has turned from what the moniker stands for, (music television) to one of the most loosley moral networks on the air! The producers probably arranged the whole thing, again I say probably, but who do you think filmed the whole thing?! Good luck trying to grt a copy of that tape! After they found out that she found out, good-bye evidence. MTV invented what we now call "Reality T.V." and by doing so,started the massive decline in moral television. I'm not suggesting we all go back to Leave It To Beaver or The Brady Bunch, but when a major network like MTV not only condones rape, but films it too? Well that it just disturbing. To read how some of you feel on this subject, like " I feel sorry for the toothbrush ",or she is a skank,a whore,not a human being with rights to her own body.What about the two "guys" that allegedly did this most foul of things to an unconcious woman? I, a father of a twelve year old daughter, am deeply disgusted by the complete lack of moral values and repect for life in the youth of this once caring nation! I proudly served my country in the U.S. ARMY.and until now I never questioned what I was fighting for, one thing's for sure, THIS WAS NOT IT!! You people make me sick! Where is your compassion? Your hearts, where is your soul?! I hope with all my being, that she ends up owning that used up little network and tears it DOWN!!!!

1005 days ago
156.

Diana    

I saw the episode where she was passed out drunk and they were messing with her so I think this did actually happen. Someone obviously came forward and told her what they did. I hope women in the future will be careful around the piece of craps who did this. Also, the posters here who think it's okay to molest a woman when she's passed out drunk should be set on fire.

1004 days ago
157.

Wilhelm the Sad    

I WAS RAPED BY BEASTS AND NO ONE DID ANYTHING

To start with let me explain I am a shepherd, third generation; I care for large herds of sheep. I have always loved my job, it’s more of a calling than a job and I have devoted my life to caring for my flock. You may think that the shepherd game is an easy thing, but let me tell you it isn’t, I learned the hard way, sheep can be evil and devious charges! Sheep are not the gentle, animals that they pretend to be, underneath all that wool beats the heart of a psychopath!! But is hasn’t always been that way, by great grandfather used to regale me with stories of shepherding in the Old World, nights under the stars, simple pleasures with his trusty sheepdogs and the sheep were always courteous and obedient; but I can tell you things have changed. The sheep formed a union several years ago and organized themselves into a terrifying group, the worst are the “mutton heads” a violent splinter branch of the mutton-wool union that promotes violence against sweater wearers and sheepherders and they will go to any lengths to have their way!
I guess I first noticed a change in the flock a few months ago when I was alone with the largest flock, miles from civilization. The sheep had been grazing all day and with the help of my dogs we moving them back closer to the ranch. Suddenly the baaing of the flock took on a sinister tone then the sheep moved in unison to surround me blocking me inside the circle; shocked at this turn of events I shouted and raised my staff waving it over my head to move them away and back on the path, but they all just stared at me their eyes filled with a form of anger I had never seen before. I called my trusty dogs but they took one look at the flock and sprinted to the top of the nearest hill and simply watched me. I tried to break free but they closed ranks and pushed me back to the center, all the time baying and baaing in a ferocious manner, stamping their feet and swinging the wooly heads back and forth; I felt helpless and alone, I hadn’t done anything to cause this.
Then suddenly the flock parted and a giant black sheep emerged, flanked on either side by two other giant rams; they strutted towards me, evil glee expressed on their faces their eyes gleaming with hatred and lust! I knew that I had to get out of there as fast as possible but escape was impossible, soon the giant black rams were upon me, they pushed me to the ground and before I could move several sheep from the flock, under orders from the black sheep, pounced on me and pinned me to the ground, then several of them pulled wool from their winter coats and fashioned it into long woolen ropes and used it to bind me and hold me firm in place. At this point I was too terrified to even speak, I just wrestled against my wooly bonds but to no avail. After a short time my strength gave out and I lay there on the ground waiting for what was to come. The black sheep baaed at me, laughing at my predicament and the rest of the flock joined them, soon the valley was filled with their baaing, then the black sheep strutted up to me sniffing me tugging at my clothing; this went on for a few minutes, I know that they were trying to instill the greatest fear in me and it was working!
I tugged again at my bonds but they held me fast, then I found my voice and screamed, but no one was within earshot and not one sheep stepped forward to save me, I was at the mercy of the infamous black sheep. One of them the largest looked at the other two and baaed his orders to them, they immediately began to tear my clothing and within a few minutes I was lying naked on the ground in front of the entire flock. Once they had removed my clothing, they sniffed my body, especially the private parts all the time baaaing and baying relentlessly enjoying my helplessness. It was then that I noticed that the leader had a massive erection; I thought oh my God, they are going to violate me, I prayed for help but no help came, I called out to the flock to save me but they all smiled sheepishly and watched as if they were at a sporting event. What happened next is too painful to relate, suffice to say I lost my virginity, then all of them in turn took me and after what seemed hours they moved off towards the ranch leaving me still tied to the ground, whimpering in pain and humiliation.
It has been several weeks since my rape and I still can’t forget it, I can’t sleep I can’t even wear woolen sweaters anymore. I tried talking a therapist but he didn’t take me seriously, he told me that had been asking for it and advised me to get over it. I used to count sheep at night to get to sleep but now counting sheep gives me nightmares.

960 days ago
158.

dawnarambula    

Tonya, your sister crystal passed away on Aug 3rd,,get in touch with your family asap or me on my email. Im you moms best freind..dawnarambula@yahoo.com

724 days ago
159.

Kim Lavarias    

This is humiliating. How could they do such animalistic act. Knowing that it's a reality TV show so they should be more careful and caring with their casts.
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677 days ago
160.

Ryan    

Of course they hung up they know its true! They don't want to be liable for what former cast member's did whether they were told too or not! Think people for yourselves use moral values!

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