I guess we now know what happens when “people stop being polite and start getting real”: they start sexually assaulting their castmates with dental hygiene products!
At least, that’s what one former cast member of MTV’s The Challenge: The Ruins is claiming. Tonya Cooley, who started on Real World Chicago and ended up doing many ’Challenges,’ (back when the show was known by its longer Real World/Road Rules Challenge name), has filed a lawsuit against MTV, the Bunim-Murray production company and two of her former castmates.
In the lawsuit, she claims that while filming ‘The Challenge: The Ruins’ back in 2009, she got drunk and passed out one night (as you do) and two of her castmates, Evan Starkman and Kenny Santucci, decided to have a little ‘fun’ with her. She says that the two guys took another male participant’s toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around and inside her um, lady parts, all while she was passed out and unaware of what was going on.
She also claims that they did all this while MTV cameras were rolling and producers knew about the incident but failed to tell her about it. Even worse, they replaced the toothbrush after the incident! (I think the guy whose toothbrush it was should also sue MTV for making him have Tonya’s lady goo in his mouth…ewwww!)
According to TMZ, who broke the story last night, “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.”
Of course, we are not sure how many of Tonya’s allegations are true; however, everyone on these ‘Challenge’ shows behaves like a wild animal, so I can totally see something like this taking place. Plus, we all saw the cast members of that season torment Tonya on-camera.
However, I don’t believe that the girls on these ‘Challenges’ are sexually tormented by the guys. If that were true, why would the keep coming back for more seasons? Some of these chicks have made these ‘Challenges’ their career, so the “abuse” can’t be that bad. Most of them seem like willing participants in the naked hi-jinks (excluding the toothbrush Tonya incident).
No one from the MTV camp has commented on the lawsuit yet, and Evan and Kenny don’t seem too concerned. On his Twitter, Evan seems preoccupied with promoting the Canadian dating show he’s been hosting as of late called ‘Love Trap,’ while Kenny is worried about finalizing his plans for Halloween. Let’s just hope he keeps all dental hygiene paraphernalia to himself this weekend!