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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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106.

mickey    

The toothbrush does not bother me but the question is does she floss?

1056 days ago
107.

xo    

People, it is irrelevant if Tanya is a drunk, liar, manipulator, lowlife, whatever you want to call her. She was not awake and couldn't consent so it's rape. I cannot believe all of you people blaming the victim. Even if Tanya was a two dollar crack whore and worked the corner before she came home and passed out it would STILL BE RAPE. And those guys are so lucky that it didn't come out while they were filming the ruins. Other countries don't play when it comes to stuff like t hat.

1056 days ago
108.

fred    

I bet she feels "Minty Fresh" now !!! MTV is truly "Stuped TV ! She was dumb enough to sign up to be on the show and ou get what you get , surprise ! MTV has SUCKED for years now and is run by Retards .

1056 days ago
109.

Chris    

MTV always goes too far with their reality shows. You obviously know execs promote bad behavior for ratings. Hope she wins.

1056 days ago
110.

Tina Barta    

Several MTV Fans have asked me about this story.
As an talent employee of Bunim-Murray Productions past Challenges I can say that I have never ever been compromised in any challenge as a woman or as an employee. I have always been treated with the utmost respect from everyone during any jobs I have been employed on. There was one incident of a production employee placing her hands on me, she was instantly fired by the Producer.

That being said, if this story is true. .. I believe that the guilty cast members should be punished by the full extent of the law. Those cast members that did this are sick and this is absolutely not okay. I pray that this did not happen. For Tonya's sake and for the other cast members.

1056 days ago
111.

Crywolf    

I used to work for a company that brought this girl in for personal appearances. She has made claims of being raped on several other occasions. I am not saying she wasn't raped ever- or even this time...but, I know specifically of 2 times when she claimed to be raped.

1056 days ago
112.

leslie    

how did she find out this happened to her??? and she is just now coming forward with this??? she was always a drunk whore on the show...she just wants fame and money...if it really happened then they deserve what they get.

1056 days ago
113.

leslie    

how did she find out this happened to her??? and she is just now coming forward with this??? she was always a drunk whore on the show...she just wants fame and money...if it really happened then they deserve what they get.

1056 days ago
114.

Fantastic Four    

If true, this would be the third or fourth rape that was effectively witnessed by MTV employees.

At what point is MTV complicit in the crime?

If a black rapper had done this on film, he'd be in jail by now.

1056 days ago
115.

tori    

She said it was caught on tape, if she can prove it I hope she takes them for everything they've got and then some.

1056 days ago
116.

Rachel    

The comments below are incredibly insensitive and play into a long history of female victimization. Blaming the woman or suggesting that she is a a 'slut' in order to vindicate the actions of her attackers is based on a loose moralism founded in sexual, political and historical morays which value a woman's 'purity' as a commodity serving to devalue any woman whose virginity is no longer intact.

If she was abused, she did not 'deserve' it because she drinks or has had multiple sexual partners. Also, according to the law, if a woman is drunk to the degree mentioned in the article she cannot legally consent to a sexual act.

1056 days ago
117.

kim    

if she was drunk and passed out, how did she know, did fall out when she came out of of her drunken state, of was there a witness that came foreword and told her,or did she wake up at some point in time.... HMMM... GOOD LUCK hope for their sakes she's telling the truth, and even if it's proven she is lying there will ALWAYS be someone who believes it, that's the scarey part. if they did this she will be set for cash but still feel robbed in some ways, and if she lied she needs to do LOTS of JAIL time and they can sue her...

1056 days ago
118.

hayley    

these comments are awful!! the poor girl was sexually abused and raped with a ******* toothbrush!! you people have no souls to condemn her for being a reality TV star rather than the horrible acts that someone did do this girl!

1056 days ago
119.

StephyStafford    

Remember when Tonya was in soft core porn? Look it up.

1056 days ago
120.

Chase    

Be thankful u got that much. No man would stick anything other than a toothbrush near your junk, hun! 4 those who have never watched the show, this hag is a sloppy, fall down drunk, DRAMA QUEEN! I don't believe her shena****ns for one second. TRASH!!!

1056 days ago
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