NeNe Leakes is suing Bravo, producers of The Actual Housewives, and Andy Cohen for racial discrimination.
The lawsuit filed in federal court docket in Atlanta claims Nene, who’s Black, complained to executives about years of racist remarks from fellow housewife Kim Zolciak-Biermann, who’s white, however that solely Leakes suffered penalties.
It names as defendants NBCUniversal, Bravo, manufacturing corporations True Leisure and Actually Unique, executives from the businesses and “Housewives” govt producer Andy Cohen, however not Zolciak-Biermann.
“NBC, Bravo and True foster a company and office tradition by which racially-insensitive and inappropriate conduct is tolerated – if not, inspired,” the swimsuit says.
Nene, 54, a TV character and actor whose authorized identify is Linnethia Monique Leakes, spent seven seasons as one of many central stars of “The Actual Housewives of Atlanta” between 2008 and 2020.
The swimsuit alleges that the defendants’ actions violate federal employment and anti-discrimination regulation, and it seeks financial damages to be decided at trial.
The swimsuit says in 2012 in the course of the fifth season, Zolciak-Biermann made “racially offensive and stereotypical” feedback concerning the new house of housewife Kandi Burruss, calling her neighborhood a “ghetto” and perpetuating a racial stereotype in an offensive remark about whether or not Burruss wanted a swimming pool.
That very same 12 months, the swimsuit says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to check with Leakes and different of the housewives after a dispute with them. It additionally alleges additionally that Zolciak-Biermann falsely implied that Leakes used medication and known as her house a “roach nest.”
The swimsuit says after Leakes complained to the executives overseeing the present, they “didn’t terminate their relationship with Zolciak-Biermann, nor take another significant motion to place an finish to her racially-offensive conduct,” and if something rewarded her by giving her her personal spinoff present.