Ryan Seacrest Being Sued By Woman Who Appears on His Show Shahs of Sunset
Ryan Seacrest is being sued by a woman who’s set to appear on his upcoming Bravo show, “Shahs of Sunset.”
On Thursday, Kathy Salem filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in an effort to stop Bravo from airing her scenes on the the reality show, which has been described as a Persian “Jersey Shore.” The basic premise is that the show follows the lives of a few super-wealthy Iranians living in L.A. According to her complaint, Salem was targeted by some people as soon as she entered a filmed party in July, all in an effort to add drama to the show.
Her lawsuit states, “What developed was a bullying session wherein [the cast members] became verbally abusive to plaintiff and addressed her in an obscene manner… Then, after the verbal abuse, someone tried to strip plaintiff’s top off and another cast member by the name of Reza threw a cup of water in plaintiff’s face.” Salem says in court papers that she was “forced” to play the role of a “bad girl” at the party, and was publicly humiliated.
She’s now seeking an injunction against the airing of her scenes and $100,000 in damages from the producers, including Seacrest, his production company and Bravo. And though she signed a release (to allow the airing of her footage), Salem’s complaint says she “did not understand that she might be blindsided and forced against her will to play a demeaning and humiliating role in an episode of Shahs of Sunset.”
A rep for Seacrest declined to comment. Bravo’s rep tells Gossip Cop the network “has not seen a copy of the complaint, but we believe these claims have no merit.” “Shahs of Sunset” is set to air, beginning February 2012. What do you think about Salem’s claims?