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Andy Cohen Files to Dismiss Leah McSweeney’s Lawsuit

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Andy Cohen has filed to dismiss Actual Housewives star Leah McSweeney‘s lawsuit alleging office discrimination and alcohol- and drug-related favoritism.

About three months after McSweeney sued Cohen, the Bravo producer requested a decide to dismiss her earlier claims that she had skilled a “hostile work environment” throughout her time with the TV franchise, together with intercourse/gender and incapacity discrimination, in accordance with court docket paperwork obtained by Individuals journal on Friday.

In her lawsuit filed in February in opposition to Cohen, Bravo, Shed Media and different subsidiaries, McSweeney alleged that Bravoland was a “rotted workplace culture that uniquely depended on pressuring its employees to consume alcohol.” The go well with additionally claimed that producers “colluded with her colleagues to pressure Ms. McSweeney to drink,” realizing she struggled with an “alcohol use disorder,” and “retaliated against her when she wanted to stay sober.”

Cohen’s new court docket paperwork acknowledged that McSweeney’s allegations are “threadbare” and needs to be “dismissed as a matter of law.” It additionally mentioned that her discrimination claims “impermissibly seek to abridge Defendants’ First Amendment rights to tailor and adjust the messages they wish to convey in their creative works, including through cast selection and other creative decisions.”

The defendants additionally acknowledged that they’ve by no means meant to make use of the Actual Housewives franchise to “feature inebriated cast members,” nevertheless, choices inside casting and directing can be inside their First Modification rights.

“‘Whatever messages’ Defendants ‘communicate or intended to communicate’ with their shows is protected by the First Amendment,” the file to dismiss continued. “Judicial intervention into casting decisions for expressive works impermissibly regulate[s] [Defendants’] right to alter the content of the story [they] tell — or choose not to tell.”

The paperwork additionally addressed McSweeney’s claims that she confronted gender/sex-based harassment by Cohen via textual content messages. In response, Cohen’s submitting invoked Title VII and the New York Metropolis Human Rights Legislation, stating that her allegations have been “untimely” and had surpassed the statute of limitations.

McSweeney’s lawyer responded to Cohen’s newest court docket submitting in an announcement to Individuals.

“We do not agree that the motion has merit — it mostly argues for dismissal on technical grounds essentially saying that Defendants were allowed to discriminate against Ms. McSweeney — not that they did not do it,” Sarah Matz advised the outlet on the fact star’s behalf. “To agree with the Defendants would be to essentially say that the creative industries are not subject to anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws and that networks could engage in discrimination and retaliation with impunity, which is not the law.”

Earlier this month, in a canopy story for The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen spoke about McSweeney’s allegations in addition to others the Actual Housewives franchise has confronted in recent times.

“We don’t force anyone to do anything,” he mentioned on the time. “But no one is secretly hiding liquor bottles on set. That’s ridiculous. We’ve been very supportive of people’s sobriety.”

He added later within the interview, “Obviously, it’s no fun to be a target. So, yes, it’s hurtful. But I have no regrets about the way I’ve handled anything. I think everything that happens in your life informs the next thing that happens in your life. That’s the way I look at all this. I know what the truth is and I know how I’ve conducted myself, and I walk tall every day on that.”

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