NeNe Leakes’ time on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” was filled with drama and controversy. The TV personality had a very public falling out with Bravo when she accused the network and Andy Cohen of racism. Recently, she sued the networks behind the reality show.
Radar obtained the 74-page complaint filed by NeNe against Bravo, Andy Cohen, NBCUniversal, True Entertainment, and Truly Original. In the suit filed by NeNe, she accused producers of editing the footage to make it appear she assaulted a pregnant Porsha Williams during the infamous closet scene at her Bye Wig party.
The suit said the “retaliation harassment and discrimination against Mrs. Leakes” continued in seasons 11 & 12. It also stated that, “Mrs. Leakes was given an insufficient contractual guarantee regarding the number of episodes she was guaranteed for Season 11,” NeNe said she was “subjected to differential treatment and excessive discipline compared to others who engaged in similar conduct.”
NeNe pointed to an incident in an episode that aired on March 3, 2019 and was filmed in September or October 2018. The RHOA star brought up the scene where she lost it over the cast and crew going into her closet.
“That day, Mrs. Leakes was within twenty-four (24) hours of learning that her husband was diagnosed with cancer. She was obviously distraught, concerned, and afraid. She wanted to not have to film that day. But, she had no choice,”
Despite her telling everyone, NeNe said Porsha Williams and Kandi Burruss went into her closet anyway and then a cameraman followed. She said she grabbed the cameraman by his shirt and stopped him from continuing to enter the closet.
“The cameraman was a large, strong man who knew Mrs. Leakes. He was not worried or scared of her. She then angrily told her fellow housewives to get out of her closet. Exchanges like this are commonplace on the show – indeed, far worse often happens,”
NeNe claimed this “issue was blown out of proportion” by NBC execs who used it as an example of alleged concern regarding NeNe’s continued involvement on the show. NeNe’s attorney wrote, “This included the false insinuation or claim that Mrs. Leakes had physically assaulted Kandi Burruss, who was pregnant at the time,” The attorney appears to have meant to write Porsha instead of Kandi due to her being pregnant at the time.
Meanwhile, Andy Cohen, Bravo or any other defendants named in the suit have yet to issue a comment. We will be on the lookout for more updates. Stay tuned to Thirsty.
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