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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.

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Monday 12th of September 2022

Hollywood is DISGUSTING and replete with trashy producers, directors and even some actors and actresses who partake in these trashy antics constantly. Can't say I'm surprised at all. I completely believe Tonya. I pray she's in a much better place in her life nowadays. I definitely understand why she doesn't do those challenge reunions. I hope Evan & Kenny make amends & apologize to her sincerely someday. If they have daughters, I pray their daughters never end up paying for their sins. Tonya is somebody's daughter too!