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New Lawsuit Alleges Andy Cohen Fostered 'Rotted' Workplace, Did Drugs with 'Real Housewives' Stars

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 3 MIN.

Andy Cohen is facing another lawsuit, this time from "Real Housewives of New York City" cast member Leah McSweeney, who claims Cohen and other producers fostered a workplace rife with drugs and booze.

The suit "names Cohen, Bravo Media, NBC Universal Media, Warner Bros. Discovery, production company Shed Media US and producers John Paparazzo, Lisa Shannon and Darren Ward," People magazine details.

People reports that in the suit, which was filed Feb. 27, McSweeney maintained "that she disclosed that she had broken nine years of sobriety, but was sober by the time filming for season 12 of the show began in 2019."

Despite knowing her history, the suit "alleges that the defendants failed to maintain a safe working environment and accommodate her disabilities, including 'alcohol use disorder' and 'mental health disorders'."

Moreoever, "McSweeney claims the defendants established a 'rotted' workplace culture where employees were pressured to consume alcohol," and accuses Cohen of doing drugs with cast members and other workers, claiming that "Cohen 'engages in cocaine use with Housewives and other "Bravolebrities" that he employs,' and has a 'proclivity for cocaine usage with his employees'," People added.

This conduct was supposedly tied to workplace concerns; the suit charges that "Cohen tends to provide the Housewives with whom he uses cocaine with more favorable treatment and edits."

McSweeney also accused Cohen and other producers of discrimination, People relayed, with the suit saying that the producers played on her substance use issues "and other mental disorders by 'intentionally planning scenarios intended to exacerbate [her] disabilities,' all in efforts to 'create morbidly salacious reality television'."

Declared the suit: "Cohen intentionally uses cocaine with his employees to further promote a workplace culture that thrives off drug and alcohol abuse, which leads to a failure to accommodate employees who are disabled and attempting to remain substance free."

Cohen's camp categorically denies the accusations, with a rep telling Deadline, "the claims against Andy are completely false!" People relayed.

The suit follows recent accusations from another "Real Housewives" star, Brandi Glanville, who claims that Cohen subjected her to sexual harassment with a salacious video message.

Variety reported that, according to Glanville, "an 'inebriated' Cohen sent her a video message stating of 'his intention to sleep with another Bravo star that night while thinking of her and invited her to watch via Facetime'."

The entertainment news outlet added: "The letter continues stating that Glanville felt both 'trapped' and 'disgusted' due to the nature of Cohen's exchange."

Cohen responded that the message, which also included Kate Chastain of "Below Deck," was "meant in jest," and acknowledged in a tweet that the message was "totally inappropriate," but he also said that "Brandi's response clearly communicated she was in on the joke."

Glanville made her claim even as she is facing accusations of sexual harassment and assault herself, from Caroline Manzo, with whom she stars in the upcoming "The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip."

Variety noted that last month Manzo "sued Bravo, NBCU and Shed, alleging that she had been sexually harassed and assaulted by Glanville while filming in Morocco."

Variety detailed that Manzo's suit "alleges that Glanville forcibly kissed her and groped her vagina and breasts during taping of an episode," and "alleges that Bravo and the additional production arms of the network were aware of Glanville's past improper conduct but hired her anyway to juice the ratings on their new reality series."

Glanville's attorney denied the claim, saying that Manzo's allegations constituted a "false narrative" and accusing NBC and Shed Media of "[d]eliberately refashioning a series of intimate moments between two consenting adults into a #MeToo scenario."

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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