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Y & R's Michael Muhney

Fired For Allegedly

Groping Co-Star's Breasts

1/4/2014 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0103-michael-muhney-Hunter-King-tmzMichael Muhney, a big soap star who played Adam Newman on "The Young & the Restless" -- was fired last month after one of his co-stars complained to the brass that he grabbed her boobs -- on 2 occasions ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources connected to the show tell TMZ ... 38-year-old Muhney allegedly bullied and harassed 20-year-old Hunter King, who plays Summer on the show.  She went to higher-ups and complained recently Muhney had fondled her breasts on 2 occasions -- and she said both were unsolicited and unwanted.

Sources tell us ... the new allegations were the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back."  Muhney -- who is married with 3 kids -- had been a problem on the set for a long time, allegedly bullying and harassing Hunter and others.  He even admitted in a recent interview with HuffPo's Canada TV after getting fired, "Sometimes I've walked around with a big backpack of hubris."
 
Muhney's last show will air January 30th.

Muhney has been an extremely popular character on the show, and fans are threatening to stop watching. 

Calls and emails to Muhney's rep were not returned.

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166.

Diamond Goddess!    

Simon Cowell said the hottest people are on soaps, and he's right--she is gorgeous!
He's a total douche who just had to grab those implants, lolz.
Too bad for his wife n' kids.

201 days ago
167.

Chica    

There's more to the story than this...he's taking the fall for this arrogant brat, and some others.

201 days ago
168.

bushman    

Did she report this while on the directors couch?

201 days ago
169.

J5236    

Heard this actor was a jerk years ago.

201 days ago
170.

sunnyOne    

It takes guts to come forward with charges like this when it is someone you work with. Well done.

201 days ago
171.

Truth    

Actually this is damage control on Y&R's part. Fans have been raising hell about this guy leaving the show. Why did it take WEEKS for this to come out? Very suspicions. Also, no mention of the higher-up at TMZ that is connected to a higher-up at Y&R. So, I wouldn't just automatically believe this story.

201 days ago
172.

Miva    

Shame on him, and poor Jaime his wife check her here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/tv/jaime-muhney-the-young-and-the-restless-actor-michael-muhneys-wife/

201 days ago
173.

paityn0908     

I been watching for over 25 years ..I will stop watching when Adam an phillis leaves....Adam plays a great part an now days so many women if they don't like someone they will use anything to get them fired...I'm a women.. never did it but seen my mom an a lot of friends get guys fired over sexual stuff an man did no wrong... Y&R u need to look at this closely an make 100% its true .I want watch no more

201 days ago
174.

susann    

Sigh! Conflict of interest much, TMZ? Trying to help Y&R quell a PR problem with the recent let go of the BEST actors on the show?! OK for Y&R actors to talk about the women grabbing their butts, but "alleged" breast groping coming to light weeks after controversial firing sounds downright suspicious and a hypocritical double standard. For sure, not all those boys loved having their butts grabbed by the veteran female actresses.

201 days ago
175.

REALLY?    

Guess we will see the guys on Y&R with their hands in their pockets...

201 days ago
176.

Meanie    

What I find interesting in all this is that the actress who played Kay Chancellor was also known for grabbing people by their...er ... packages. They often joked about it. Josh Morrow joked about it on her YR memory show. So...er... double standard. I think so.

201 days ago
177.

PrincessSparky    

I doubt the WOMEN cast members supporting Michael would do so if this had happened. His "wives" on the show have showed support for him esp. the one who constantly has a story/ scenes with the "victim". She has been extremely supportive of him.I doubt the MEN who play the young lady "fathers" would be such good friends with him had this happened. Just recently taking joking pics with him.

Also TMZ fails to note that he was underhandedly fired. If he was a threat at work he would have been abruptly fired, he wasn't. As they created a story to get him off the show and have given him major front burner status through out all of this. They didn't let him know until he had 3 episodes left to shoot. He was shocked. If he was a menace regardless of story he would have with the quickness been recast and the story cut because of said "events". It happens all the time in the genre.

Its all BS imo. Because if this is all true Summer King has a lawsuit as they continues to let the guy work/be near her for months after this alleged event. I doubt it highly Sony/CBS would put themselves in that position to finish out a story they clearly created to get Adam (MM) off canvas MONTHS ago. They could've or would've imo got a temp recast and shuffled MM off without a word. Its happened so many times before with other actors. People on here blaming him need to think a little, and not jump to believeing TMZ on a slow news day. They also forgot to mention this was a rumor started on gossip soap board by people who hate the character of Adam. Something to ponder.

Big ass lost for Y&R. That's three now, in about 6 months. Wouldn't be surprised to see the actor that replace him be a friend of Eric Braden or the Exec Producer.

201 days ago
178.

Reality Check 44    

Funny thing about TMZ's link to CBS on this story. I think there's a conflict of interest and credibility. His departure became an issue because Michael Muhney is a hell of an actor that connected with the audience. If he agreed to leave, I'm sure a confidentiality clause was agreed to. It was breeched by CBS to quell the fans' calls for his return to the show. While not condoning his conduct, this kind of stuff goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood all over town on a daily basis. It should have never gotten to this kind of situation if it had been handled properly. Now this man is ruined by the greatest slime machine in existence, TMZ. What more can they want? Perhaps a public beheading? I'd bet that would bring the traffic to this site, right Harvey?

201 days ago
179.

paul a.    

Nice to see some hetero activity in the news for a change......

201 days ago
180.

flyers    

How can you be sexually harassed on a soap opera - don't they spend all day groping each other?

201 days ago
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