Actress Briana Thomas is suing Sony Pictures Television and CBS Studios over alleged harassment on the set from The Young and the Restless showrunner, Anthony ‘Tony’ Morina.
The actress appeared on the show in a background role as a barista in 2018 and 2019.
In legal papers filed against the producers of long-running soap on Thursday in LA Superior Court on Thursday, the actress claimed in detail that during her time on the show Morina commented on her body and made repeated advances.
She alleges the executive producer also offered ‘private acting lessons’ and then fired her when he was rebuffed, according to Deadline.
The complaint stated that Morina would leer at Thomas while complimenting her looks and allegedly asked her to remove a sarong so he could see her in a bikini in one poolside scene.
The suit claims he said: ‘Let’s start with a private session and see if we can get you a little more comfortable’.
Seeking a variety of damages, ‘unpaid wages, premium pay and statutory penalties’ and fees, the nine-claim discrimination and retaliation complaint lays out how Thomas claims her Y&R stint came to an end.
The 22-page filing stated: ‘After spurning his advances for months, Morina began to retaliate against Plaintiff and at one point blew up at her in front of other staff and coworkers.’
It continued: ‘After Plaintiff left work that day, she received an email stating that her employment was terminated and that she was no longer needed on the show.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to CBS for comment.
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