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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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91.

anonymous    

If the allegations are true, Tonya should press criminal charges. The perps should be behind bars.

1061 days ago
92.

bah    

The toothbrush probably has a stronger case than her.

1061 days ago
93.

Pimpcessa    

Funny how so many men, on these blogs at least, would send a woman to the firing squad, for hearing a woman kicked a guy in the nuts, but when a woman claims she was raped, aww man she deserved it that little whore...

1061 days ago
94.

Mary    

WTF is wrong with MTV allowing this to happen!?!?

1061 days ago
95.

Angela    

Being a so called "ho bag" doesn't give anyone the right to violate you...those guys need to be accountable for their actions. And the show should be accountable as well, as an accessory to crime for not stopping such a crime...all for good TV. ALL the "ladies" should remember, that all of america can see their actions as well. No excuse for what happened however.

1061 days ago
96.

I believe it    

I actually believe this. Kenny & Evan are pretty vile human beings. In the industry I work in I've run into them both a few times in person. I don't doubt they are more than capable of doing this. Tonya may be nuts, but someone somewhere told her about this happening to her and she has every right to pursue legal means. If the tape does exist I'm sure MTV has destroyed it though. If they somehow have this tape that shows them waving a toothbrush around in her private parts while she's passed out? MTV is screwed. It doesn't matter how many people Tonya has slept with. If she was passed out it's wrong. I also tend to think there's other cast members or production staffers involved telling Tonya this happened to her. The only way she could know about this is someone told her it happened.

1061 days ago
97.

Jennifer    

When is the last time she has even been on a challenge? And what took her so long? Besides, she was ALWAYS drunk on the show.. Who know's though

1061 days ago
98.

Phreaky    

Real World was so good back 10 years ago or so - then it all went to hell. Now it's just staged drama, sex, fights, sex, freak outs, drinking, sex, and trash. They think it has to be over the top dramatic and full of sex or no one will watch. BS. The original Miami, Boston, Paris, NY, San Fran were some of the best ones ever. The Challenges and Real World SUCK now.

1061 days ago
99.

electriczipper    

the toothbrush is for sale on ebay right now...5000.00 good price

1061 days ago
100.

Al    

Obviously the guys do not know what goes in there. It is not a mouth, stupids!

1061 days ago
101.

toasty    

the toothbrush should sue!

1061 days ago
102.

Tonya P    

She is weird. Hell, anyone who is doing these mTV shows are LOSERS!

1061 days ago
103.

embt    

@TonyaCooley You are absolutely doing the right thing by coming forward. Please find yourself the support that you deserve. The only way out is through it.

1061 days ago
104.

SusanCoyote    

This chick has major mental issues and was a hot mess on the show. She needs professional help!

1061 days ago
105.

K-Dog    

If this actually happened,I hope she gets justice..BUT...I remember seeing this woman starring in a softcore porn on Cinemax(it's listed on her IMDB page).I immediately recognized her from the Real World and thought it seemed a little sleazy on her part.MTV might use this against her.

1061 days ago
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