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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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46.

LittleBIt    

I hope the producers of this show go to jail for this sh*t! And the 2 losers who violated this girl - somebody needs to give them a beatdown. Go get em Tonya, hang their as*es out to dry. MotherF**kers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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47.

brrrknstock    

whether she drank alot isn't the issue. This is a terrible thing to happen to anyone. For Mtv to replace the toothbrush and say nothing to her about the incident is very alarming. She needs to involve the authorities in this situation. No one deserves to be violated in such a manner by anyone at anytime for any reason.

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48.

Eric     

Of course Kenny and Evan would do something like that. Those guy*****e on CT atleast he doesn't do nasty **** like that. If they let someone use that toothbrush the person would've gotten herpes because Tonya is the biggest whore on the show.

1000 days ago
49.

Frito     

Isn't she the girl that voluntarily dated Jonny Fairplay from Survivor? And she is complaining about a toohtbrush?

1000 days ago
50.

tellmeaboutit     

Disgusting low life people doing stupid, disgusting crap for a channel that presents nothing else?? What a shock!!

1000 days ago
51.

Azzkicker    

So, the producers not only didn't protect a member of the cast, but also encouraged problems, conflict and crime? Welcome to "reality" tv, where immature creeps call themselves "producers" and couldn't care less about anyone but themselves. I hope she takes them to town & bankrupts their stupid show; maybe it'll cause all idiotic "reality" tv to disappear...

1000 days ago
52.

Anon    

If she has the video or witnesses to the video, these guys are toast. It sounds like the inmates were running the asylum.

1000 days ago
53.

livereater    

you can't toothbrush the willing.

1000 days ago
54.

Carl    

If this was on tape like she said it should be an open and shut case. If it isn't on tape I doubt it happened since they tape everything, every minute on those shows.

1000 days ago
55.

Muppet    

So many people are ready to hang these guys without even having proof there's a tape. This is what's wrong with society. Has everyone forgotten innocent until proven guilty??
I'll wait until these allegations are proven. If they did it and there's a tape then they'll hang for it, if not then she should!

1000 days ago
56.

Uh    

What did you expect to happen on a sleezy network like MTV? Granted, the girl should have been tipped off by the vomit smell in the air, but the carrot MTV held under her nose hid the odor quite nicely. I feel sorry for her if she was the victim of a rape, but what did she expect? If MTV could have gotten away with it, they would have filmed the whole "reality" event. And, of course, garnered an audience to "support" them. They may still buy her a new toothbrush. After all, they are known for their ethical behavior...so they say anyway.

1000 days ago
57.

Klown    

It is definitely wrong for people to condemn without proof. However, for those who have watched Kenny and Evan on several challenges we at least know that they are capable of idiotic behavior. It could be a boy who cried wolf kind of thing where they finally don't get away with their crap. If they didn't do anything wrong then hopefully they don't get into trouble but regardless, I hope that they learn not to be in the position to possibly be in trouble in the first place.

1000 days ago
58.

CasG    

If this was true, why did it take her this ******* long to take this dumb story to the media? This is like me reporting my car stolen....4 wks later. Not only is this dumb blonde an ALCOHOLIC, she's also a pathological liar.

1000 days ago
59.

rockergirlohya    

Ummm way to over the top there sounds like BS looking for some loot loot mula bula $$$$

1000 days ago
60.

CasG    

If this was true, why did it take her this ******* long to take this dumb story to the media? This is like me reporting my car stolen....4 wks later. Not only is this dumb blonde an ALCOHOLIC, she's also a pathological liar.

1000 days ago
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