Tonya Cooley sues, saying Kenny, Evan raped her with a toothbrush

Tonya Cooley has sued Kenny Santucci, Evan Starkman, MTV, and show producers Bunim-Murray, claiming the two men sexually assaulted her with a toothbrush while she was unconscious and cameras were filming The Challenge: The Ruins.

TMZ reports on the lawsuit, which it says that Kenny and Evan “took another male participant’s toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around plaintiff’s genitals, including rubbing her labia and inserting the toothbrush into plaintiff’s vagina.”

TMZ’s summary says that the incident “happened while she was passed out cold … and cameras were rolling,” and “Cooley says producers not only knew about the rape, they even replaced the toothbrush, but never told her what happened.”

In addition, the lawsuit says that producers encouraged men to “inappropriately touch female cast members’ bodies, including in intimate areas,” which sounds like it may have been part of a challenge, since it occurred when cast members were wearing bathing suits.

The Ruins aired in the fall of 2009, and was filmed in Thailand. Kenny and Evan were among the winners; Tonya was eliminated during the fourth episode for hitting Veronica during a fight.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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