NeNe Leakes sues Andy Cohen, Bravo, and NBCUniversal for federal discrimination, alleging that The Real Housewives of Atlanta was a racist and unpleasant workplace.

NeNe Leakes has filed a complaint in federal court in Atlanta, alleging that the production firms for The Real Housewives of Atlanta fostered a hostile and discriminatory work environment.

According to the Associated Press, the reality star, 54, named Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen, 53, Bravo, NBCUniversal, True Entertainment, and Truly Original, as well as officials from the firms, in her lawsuit.

According to court documents, Leakes, who is black, reported racial statements made by white RHOA co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, 43, to higher-ups at the firms and suffered professional ramifications as a result.

‘NBC, Bravo, and True establish a corporate and workplace atmosphere in which racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is allowed – if not encouraged,’ according to court documents filed by Leakes’ legal team.

According to iMDb, the reality star, whose full name is Linnethia Monique Leakes, starred in 214 episodes of the Georgia-based reality series between 2008 and 2020.

According to Leakes, Zolciak-Biermann initially made a racial remark during the show’s first season in 2008, when the cast was scheduled to attend a cookout.

In court documents, she also claimed that Zolciak-Biermann remarked “words to the effect of: “I don’t want to sit around with NeNe and eat chicken,”‘ which she said “perpetuated an unpleasant stereotype about African-Americans.”

During the show’s fifth season in 2012, Zolciak-Biermann made further ‘racially insensitive and stereotyped’ remarks, according to Leakes, who claimed Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word in reference to her and other cast members during a dispute.

According to Leakes, after cast member Kandi Burruss, 45, purchased a new home, Zolciak-Biermann labeled the neighborhood Burruss lived in a “ghetto” and questioned if she needed a swimming pool, as Leakes told the court.

In court documents, Leakes said that Zolciak-Biermann referred to her home as a ‘roach nest,’ and that she lied by insinuating that she was a drug user.

According to Leakes’ lawsuit, she informed the show’s executives about the barrage of racial slurs, but they ‘did not terminate their partnership with Zolciak-Biermann, nor take any other effective action to put an end to her racially-offensive behavior.’

‘From the day the series began filming, NeNe was the target of systemic racism from co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, which was permitted by Bravo executive producer Andy Cohen and other executives,’ said Leakes’ lawyer David deRubertis in a statement.

‘Not a day goes by that NeNe doesn’t wake up with an assault of overpowering emotions as a direct result of these tragic and avoidable situations,’ said another of Leakes’ attorneys, Joe Habachy, in an email to the Associated Press.

In the lawsuit, Leakes claims that speaking out about the racist behavior led to her being fired from the show in 2020, prior to season 13, at a time when the organization Black Lives Matter was making headlines amid social change in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd and the subsequent demonstrations against racism and police brutality.

In the lawsuit, Leakes, a vocal supporter of BLM, claims that executives purposefully left her off episodes that were taped at the time when the topic was discussed by the cast.

Mrs. Leakes – Bravo’s historically most successful Black female talent – should have been embraced by NBC, Bravo, and True when the Black Lives Matter movement swept our nation,’ Leakes’ legal team argued in the suit.

NBC, Bravo, and True, on the other hand, kicked her out of the “home she built,” denying her a regular role.’

Leakes claimed that the companies mentioned in the suit were breaking federal employment and anti-discrimination rules, and she asked for a trial to establish damages.

Zolciak-Biermann ‘isn’t sure where all this is coming from,’ according to a production source, because she and Leakes ‘had been great for a while now.’

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