March 06, 2012 3:42pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Shahs of Sunset' Producers Settle Lawsuit With Unhappy Participant
Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bravo have settled a lawsuit brought against them by a Persian woman who took part in the filming of their upcoming reality series, Shahs of Sunset.
A spokesperson for Ryan Seacrest Productions confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that the lawsuit over Kathy Salem’s appearance in the production has been settled, but have no further comment.
According to TMZ’s sources, the companies have agreed to cut Salem out of the series premiere episode airing March 11, but she won’t get any payment in the settlement. At any rate, the site’s sources say that the producers didn’t intend to use the footage.
In the suit filed last November, Salem asked for an injunction against airing any footage of her and at least $100,000 in damages.
Salem said she was humiliated and abused as a result of taking part in a July party that was filmed for the series, which largely follows the lives of thirty-something, affluent Persian-Americans.
“What developed was a bullying session wherein [the cast members] became verbally abusive to plaintiff and addressed her in an obscene manner,” the complaint stated. “Then, after the verbal abuse, someone tried to strip plaintiff’s top off and another cast member by the name of Reza threw a cup of water in plaintiff’s face.”
A Bravo rep tells THR it has no comment.
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