NeNe Leakes is suing Bravo, producers on The Real Housewives and Andy Cohen for racial disparagement.
Nene, a Black woman, filed a lawsuit in Atlanta federal court claiming that Kim Zolciak Biermann, a white housewife, made racist comments over years. However, only Leakes were affected.
It names as defendants NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original, executives from the companies and “Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen, but not Zolciak-Biermann.
“NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated – if not, encouraged,” the suit says.
Nene, 54, a TV personality and actor whose legal name is Linnethia Monique Leakes, spent seven seasons as one of the central stars of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” between 2008 and 2020.
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The suit claims that the defendants’ actions are in violation of federal employment and antidiscrimination laws. It seeks monetary damages which will be determined at trial.
According to the suit, Zolciak–Biermann made offensive comments about Burruss’ swimming pool in 2012, during the fifth season.
The suit claims that Zolciak Biermann used the N word to refer to Leakes after a dispute with them in the same year. It also alleges Zolciak-Biermann falsely implied that Leakes used drugs and called her home a “roach nest.”
The suit says after Leakes complaints to the executives overseeing the show, they “did not terminate their relationship with Zolciak-Biermann, nor take any other meaningful action to put an end to her racially-offensive behavior,” and if anything rewarded her by giving her her own spinoff show.