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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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16.

Karmagal    

WHY has it taken so long for this to come to light? Is she just now remembering? And IF she was passed out when it happened HOW did she remember all of the sudden? Something is quit off here.

1092 days ago
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I am Spartacus    

Good for her hopefully she wins. I don't care if she's a whore or not you don't take advantage of a chick thats passed out drunk. Thats rape point blank.

1092 days ago
18.

tgrfan42069    

sign up for show about sex and alcohol then sue

1092 days ago
19.

Eric    

I'm pretty sure there's a statute of limitations on rape, and if this happened during filming then it's most likely expired. She was in Real World in 2002.

1092 days ago
20.

phil    

GET A REAL JOB! and Wait this shows still on?

1092 days ago
21.

b    

This old hag was a drunk and whore. She laid there loving the toothbrush. Closed her eyes picturing the camera man.

1092 days ago
22.

b    

Thwat

1092 days ago
23.

b    

D

1092 days ago
24.

AntiSocialForum.com    

Looks like Tonya Cooley will be the new owner of MTV

1092 days ago
25.

i said lesbians...    

i remember when mtv played nirvana. that was awesome!

1092 days ago
26.

Itoldu    

Gee,Where the f**k did she think she was gonna be on "Masterpiece Theatre"?????

1092 days ago
27.

radicalred    

Kenny, Evan and "Johnny Bananas" are vile creatures. Anyone who's watched any of the many, many, many shows they've been on isn't really surprised about this.

With that being said, Tonya has always played fast and loose. When she was on The Real World in 2002, she was constantly being hospitalized for urinary tract infections and the doctor told her to lay off on the sex (which, of course, she didn't do). She's slept with at least one guy on every one of the Challenges seasons she's been a part of, and she's one of the sloppiest drunks I've ever seen.

MTV should be sued for allowing the guys to do whatever they want to the female contestants, and the guys should be prosecuted. But everything is filmed in foreign countries, so the laws of those countries apply -- NOT U.S. law.

1092 days ago
28.

Fidel Sarcastro    

I am sorry but it just seems a little too far fetched, she goes on this show goes through all that degridation but doesnt go to the police over it and only now decides to do something which is file a lawsuit... doesnt this seem just a little off? I mean put yourself in her shoes, if I was on a show and they forced me to undress and be touched by the male castmates then while I was passed out was raped by a forign object would I have just gone to the brass, hell no I would have gone to the cops from the very beginning. She says it was all on tape but I am sure she also claims MTV destroyed the tape, she said a toothbrush was used and MTV replaced it, all just a bit too convenient.

1092 days ago
29.

Abysmal     

Sounds to me that she fabricated this "false rape" accusation to sue MTV.How would she exactly know if she was penetrated with a toothbrush if she was unconscious? I'm pretty sure none of the guys would tell her if they did do it, due to the consequences. She's definitely lying,probably trying to make herself relevant again.

If this does go to court how would they be able to prove it if the toothbrush is perhaps gone by now?

1092 days ago
30.

Athina    

Unfortunately when you get males together and there is a female there, they revert back to some kind of weird pack mentality and this is exactly the sort of behavior they will exhibit. Some will go as far as to rape the woman.

1092 days ago
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