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‘A Daily Barrage of Sexually Based Comments and Unsuitable Conduct’

Posted on | August 18, 2012 | 10 Comments

An accurate description of the Ace of Spades HQ Lifestyle? Perhaps, but it is also a complaint in a Hollywood lawsuit:

A former background actress on CBS’ The Mentalist has sued producer Warner Bros. Television and its casting service claiming her role was reduced and eventually eliminated when she complained about a daily barrage of sexually charged comments directed at her by a fellow employee.
Shanelle Howard, who says she has performed as a stand-in and background actress on the hit Simon Baker procedural drama since it launched in 2008, filed suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against WBTV; the fellow employee, Lonnie Moore; and GEP Cencast, the casting agency that handles background actors on the show. Howard says she had been a GEP employee since 2001.
The actress claims Moore subjected her to “a daily barrage of sexually based comments and unsuitable conduct” while working on the show, including statements such as “I’m married but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun,” “Are you wearing thongs today or nothing at all?” and “It’s just sex; stop being so uptight and give me some.” . . .
She claims she complained to superiors in October and was told she had done the right thing by coming forward. But she almost immediately began receiving a cold shoulder from other actors, she claims, and was subjected to retaliatory and confrontational conduct.
Her work declined from five days per week to an average of two days a week, according to the suit, and in late November, Howard says she had a meeting with Warner Bros. attorney Patty Mayer during which she was told the harassment claim had been investigated and the matter was closed. By late April/early May, Howard claims she was no longer being called to work on The Mentalist and was not being offered any other work by GEP.

The question is, why would they retaliate against Howard for reporting her problem with Moore? Do we have the full story here? Was there more to it than this? Either (a) Warner Brothers is in a heap of trouble or (b) the other half of the story is very interesting.


10 Responses to “‘A Daily Barrage of Sexually Based Comments and Unsuitable Conduct’”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 18th, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    I have been a victim of sexual rumors. Let me absolutely clarify: I absolutely deny having sex with Harry Reid. It is a dirty lie. Harry Reid had sex with some other cow.

    That is not intended to make like of what Ms. Howard went through. She found out the joys of whistle blowing against anyone other than a Republican or Tea Party member, there is no thanks in Hollywood or the liberal world in doing so.

  2. rjacobse
    August 19th, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Hollywood. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
    Unless you go to DC.

  3. Rich Vail
    August 19th, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    How about both? Stranger things have happenedin in Hollywood.

  4. Rich Vail
    August 19th, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Indeed…when Return of the Jedi is reported to have lost money…

  5. Red
    August 19th, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    I don’t think Mrs. Reid would enjoy being called a cow.

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  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    August 19th, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I also do not think Mrs. Reid would enjoy her husband Harry cheating on her with a cow…

  8. Red
    August 19th, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    LMAO! Old McDonald’s a pimp now?

    “Spend your days doing what you enjoy in the company of people you really like.”—TQoA

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  10. PCachu
    August 20th, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    “A Daily Barrage of Sexually Based Comments and Unsuitable Conduct”? I’m not sure if that’s supposed to be a workplace harassment complaint or a TV series synopsis.