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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

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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Michael is an awesome actor. I like the fact that he has a personality on his twitter page. He loves his family and frankly speaking, he has a life outside of the Hollywood rat race. He really came in to Y&R and brought life to a character that was not even relevant. Once Michael took over, the character became the heartbeat of the show, more relevant than all of the other regulars on the show. I know it must have been hard to deal with the egos of the other actors who were probably intimidated by him. They knew the fans loved him...and still do. Let's face it, they don't have any meaningful legacy characters left. No long term actors left that have screen presence. Jack is great! That's pretty much it. Some of the other long term players could be better but the writing limits their character's potential. Most of the memorable faces are gone. MM was a way for Y&R to create some of the legacy characters again. They blew it. As for Summer, she is so sorry of an actress that she can't keep my attention from the Summer to the Fall. Michael Muhney was a gift to Y&R. He really needs to be on film. (leading actor) I see that in his future! He's that great. They had no idea about the huge fan base that came with him that kept them at the #1 spot. Sadly, they will know real soon because like the other fans, we love MM and we will not watch the show after his last performance! No more #1 promos! Michael Muhney we support you and look forward to your speech when you accept the gold stature. Yes, you will get another role and I have a feeling that it will be even better. Y&R was a bridge...a stepping stone. Now, it's the fans who will have the final say.

290 days ago


So viewers of the show are upset he's been fired after he groped and sexually harassed a woman, one who is 18 years younger. Are you effin serious?

290 days ago


Thank goodness can't stand him on the show anyways!

290 days ago

Linda Moore    

Please people, don't believe this outrageous story. Michael is a brilliant actor and would never jeopordize his career for coping a feel!! If that's what she's claiming, she's lying. This is why it should have been explained when the firing happened. All these nasty rumors can ruin his career.

290 days ago


Wait. Young and the Restless is still on the air?

290 days ago


Okay commenters. Just because it's ALLEGED, doesn't mean it's TRUE. Michael is too sweet, and has been bullied himself, for this to have happened. Just beyond ridiculous. TMZ is a TABLOID. Remember?

290 days ago


Stop watching the show then! Amazing that some would rather this continue for their entertainment fix. Idiots.

290 days ago


Let's try and remember just because you "claim" to be a victim doesn't make you a victim. People make up stories all the time.

290 days ago


Btw... One co-star tweeted that the show is not to blame and any actor would be fired under these cir***stances....

290 days ago


Very disappointed in TMZ for posting this story. Sounds like a way to get CBS out of the hot seat for firing MM. If this were true, I doubt if MM would have so many supporters that are on the show. It is a know fact Eric Braeden has been after him for a long while. As for Hunter she is the one that needed to go! She is a horrible actress and has a scoul on her face all the time. MM has been carrying this show in the recent pass. Do us viewers a favor and get rid of Eric Braeden who reportedly acts like a pompous ass both on and off the show.

290 days ago

Jenny Lott    

How disgusting of TMZ to report such false rumors of this nature. You had better have definitive proof before publishing rumors like this. You are damaging a mans reputation for profit and then when it turns out to be false I bet you won't even apologize!

Oh wait, you won't because you are publishing false rumors as a favor to Angelica McDonald, the CBS daytime president who is married to one of your staff members. So fans will back off and stop calling CBS & SONY for the awful mistake of firing there best actor off the show for being out spoken.

Does anybody really believe that Michael's father would publicly post a message on twitter stating he is proud of his son for how he is handling this both personally and professionally if he had assaulted a young lady. NOT A CHANCE

After seeing TMZ post this blatant fake news, I'll never believe a thing you say again. You should have better ethics then this.

The problem at Y & R is Jill Farren Phillips and that is what TMZ should be reporting about.

290 days ago


Wow..reading some comments from his fans and....They would whether believe that a 20 year old made this up or that this is some big conspiracy?? Are you guys serious with this ish?? Not just TMZ reporting it. I'm glad. This douchbag got what he deserved. Fired, humiliated probably won't be working again as a soap actor ( let's be honest... probably only place he's going to find employment)but at least he still has his cray cray fans to support (enable) him. ** heart * *

290 days ago


Michael Muhney is a great actor period. I find it hard to believe that if sexual harassment were going on in the workplace before this that no action would have been taken. There is definitely a story with Michael and Hunter going on. Both have not posted Twitter posts since the 12/19 dismissal of Mr Muhney. I do find it interesting that there has been an exodus of talent leaving Y&R since Jill Farren Phelps taking over. The head writer left in a fury after her controlling ways come over and he was brought in to save the show. Then Michelle Stafford, Billy Miller, and Hartley Sawyer all out along with Michael Muhney. Something happened, not saying it didn't but I don't think both sides of the story are being told. Regardless of the fact I have great respect for Michael Muhney because the man has TALENT period. If they let the character Adam Newman go, then let it end with Michael's portrayal, no one could even achieve his amazingness.

290 days ago


I don't buy this for a second!! There's no way MM would risk his career and family by groping anyone...let alone this bad actress with a little boy's body. I've been following anything that has to do with MM for a long time, we all know he had problems with EB and JFP, this sounds like a set up to me. It's all a bit too coincidental for me, like how one of TPTB's husbands works for TMZ. This is a tabloid, and that behavior is so uncharacteristic of MM sorry but i don't believe what they're trying to sell us. This whole thing wreaks of b.s.

290 days ago


He ain't that big of a star. Not as big as he thinks he is, that is!!

290 days ago
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