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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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Julies    

Man, if this is true, those particular MTV execs must be held seriously accountable. I'm so sick of women being designated a slutty/"less than" role that allows men to feel they should act like entitled, childish criminals incapable of self-control. BOOOOO, MTV.

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32.

Julies    

Man, if this is true, those particular MTV execs need to be held seriously accountable. I'm so sick of women being cast/seen in a slutty role that allows men to think they should get away with acting like entitled, childish criminals incapable of self-control. BOOOOOO, MTV.

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33.

MP    

If these allegations are true, she didn't deserve that. However, maybe if she weren't passed out drunk she would have been more aware of her surroundings. The only person looking out for you is you. At least we'll never have to see her on a challenge again!

1100 days ago
34.

carissa    

MTV being disgusting again! If it did or didn't happen, it's plausible BARF BARF BARF

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35.

LI_Mom    

IF true, I hope she wins her case.

IF they find out these were false allegations, I hope they prosecute her to the full extent of the law AND I hope they bring a countersuit against her. That would insure that any profits she makes from her LIES does not go into her pockets.

I think she's lying & gambling that they'll want to settle quietly out of court.

1100 days ago
36.

Simone    

A) Not surprised. MTV's shows are disgusting. B) So what if she was drunk? How many times have you drunk too much and fell asleep hard? Does that mean you deserve a toothbrush up your tw * at? I hope she wins this case and buries MTV. They represent all that is wrong with society.

1100 days ago
37.

kim    

She is insane. This show is my guilty pleasure, so I am pretty familiar with all the "characters". She is FOS and is desperate for money and attention. She has a history of mental problems.

1100 days ago
38.

DetroitRocks    

Most of MTVs programming is trash. They are helping to ruin the youth of today. The lesson MTV teaches is the worse you act the more famous you will be

1100 days ago
39.

Lisa    

I can't believe the number of sick, disgusting comments on this. People, I don't care if she's a drunk, a slut, a fame seeker, or anything else many of you seem to deem "worthy" of being raped. No one, male or female, deserves to be sexually assualted. Anyone who posts those ignorant comments lacks basic human compassion and empathy. Sickos.

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40.

Nostradamus    

Kenny and Evan up to their usual shena****ns, but sounds like they're gonna pay for this one.
Everyone knows Tanya is crazy as hell and probably is desperate for $, but that doesn't really matter if her lawyer gets a copy of that tape.

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41.

Lisa    

Oh and people, READ THE ARTICLE! It's ON TAPE. That's how she knows.

1100 days ago
42.

Amy    

Those guys are soooo disgusting on that show. I can't stand that girl but that is horrible and I would sue the hell out of whoever I could that witnessed that without doing anything.

1100 days ago
43.

mannequin    

I don't know...but this seems like it would be more difficult to come forward and report than an "average" rape. I can't imagine telling someone the details.

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44.

afjioeqjioe    

I believe her. Based on what they actually air, it seems that they come close to sexual abuse.

1100 days ago
45.

eb    

I remember watching The Real World - Chicago, this girl was the anxiety laden biyatch, who always was having issues with life.

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