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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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61.

TD    

I do no*****ch the show - haven't since the First Episode of the First Season - it was pathetic then and I'm sure it's pathetic now. But you know what? Screw her - she didn't call the police when it happened, so she can kiss my ass. That should be the most basic legal requirement to file any suit in such a case. Money grabbing WHOOOOORE. If it was really an issue to her being, then she would have called the police. Screw 'er!!

989 days ago
62.

Lekili    

Train wreck!

989 days ago
63.

Hmm Really    

Unfortunatly I have had the pleasure of knowing her, growing up with and living in the same town as her. What I have seen is she is truely a pathological liar and great manipulator. Being a victim myself of a sex crime I know the effects such an act can be on someone but she has pulled some nice ones in the past and this is just reckless if it is a lie. To me she has been nothing but a fame whore, and I knew when she wasn't getting anymore 'work' she would pull something. Never thought this. But hey it will bring in a pay check somewhere, regardless.

989 days ago
64.

Julies    

Ladies, if the responses that follow say "yes", watch out Let's examine this: "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."

If you, your sister, cousin, friend, wife or mother is not awake, is a free for all declared on their bodies? You can touch, insert or photograph anything you want?

In addition, picture an MTV crew around a passed out young and filming her being molested and her body made a joke. Big Point~ she did not know and was not told until much later.
Seriously, this is effed-up. The MTV crew and the guys involved should face serious repercussions, and maybe offer up one of their sisters or girlfriends (better yet, themselves)for the same humiliating treatment.

989 days ago
65.

birdman    

NOT SURE IF SERIOUS?

989 days ago
66.

Thank You Conrad Murray    

Honestly, if I were to go on the Real World, or any of these goofy MTV "reality" shows, I'd pretty much expect to be raped at some point.
I'm surprised they don't just put that in your contract.. that you don't mind being raped.

989 days ago
67.

hondroid    

Hey good point, I hope she sues and wins big, maybe that'll force MTV to stop shoveling this reality crap out. More music videos baby!

989 days ago
68.

Amanda    

To you sick guys commenting that she basically deserved it cuz she's a drunk..remember that next time you're wasted at a party. Instead of getting a penis drawn on your face you could get one in your mouth. You were drunk you deserved it :) If this really did happen then all those fame whores can kiss their paychecks from MTV goodbye, there won't be another challenge.

989 days ago
69.

Dnice    

I saw this chick in a porno, I think she must have run out of money and is now desperate for cash.

989 days ago
70.

lalli    

OK, EVEN IF IT DID HAPPEN HOW EMBARRASSING IS THAT? IS SHE KIDDING? OH, BTW I WAS RAPED BY A DENTAL FLOSS PICK. MORONIC IDIOT. SHE PROBABLY WOULD GET ALONG GREAT WITH BALDY BROKENFOOT LOHAN, HE'S INTO THAT.

989 days ago
71.

DC    

She's just bringing this up now? 9 years late. Come on. Sorry, she's an attention seeker... http://www.playboy.com/girl/tonya-cooley

989 days ago
72.

renae    

If you've seen ANY of these challenges , you would know that it is very likely that this happened, with MTVs knowledge. This is the same company who let ruthie from Real world Hawaii get behind the wheel of the car with other passengers without intervening! The person with MTV called a higher up and told them about ruthie drunk driving ( not the police) and was told to just follow them...WHAT!! Oh and they also showed her soo drunk that she was unconscious and her roomates had to call 911.

If MTV is willing to play with peoples lives, this accusation ain't a stretch.

So if they were willing to film and allow this to be broadcast

989 days ago
73.

MonicaNichole84    

I think if I found out I was sexually assaulted I would be going after the people who did it to me and ensuring charges were brought against them instead of trying to score a pay day.

989 days ago
74.

melissa b    

Her being drunk and/or passed out DOES NOT make this okay AT ALL. And for those of you who are saying so, imagine for a second if this was you or your Mom or someone you loved. EVERY single person who did this should go straight to jail, disgusting pigs. And every person who knew and turned their head, shame shame shame!

989 days ago
75.

Shannon     

It's so sad the amount of people on here calling her a drunk and a whore. I can't believe how sick you people are.

989 days ago
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