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'Real World' Star Tonya Cooley Sues MTV, Cast Members Over Alleged Toothbrush Rape

Date October 28, 2011
Tonya Cooley Rape Lawsuit Tonya Cooley, a cast member of 'Real World: Chicago' and many 'Real World/Road Rules' challenges, is suing MTV, Bunim/Murray Productions and reality stars Kenneth Santucci and Evan Starkman, saying the male cast members named in the suit sexually assaulted her.

According to TMZ, Cooley's lawsuit claims Starkman and Santucci sexually abused her

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Tonya Cooley Rape Lawsuit Tonya Cooley, a cast member of 'Real World: Chicago' and many 'Real World/Road Rules' challenges, is suing MTV, Bunim/Murray Productions and reality stars Kenneth Santucci and Evan Starkman, saying the male cast members named in the suit sexually assaulted her.

According to TMZ, Cooley's lawsuit claims Starkman and Santucci sexually abused her with a toothbrush while she was passed out. Warning, the details are a bit graphic.

The lawsuit says, Starkman and Santucci "took another male participant's toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around the plaintiff's genitals, including rubbing her labia and inserting the toothbrush into plaintiff's vagina."

It gets weirder. Cooley's claims cameras were rolling during the incident. The reality star said producers knew about the rape, replaced the toothbrush in question and never told her what had happened.

Cooley claims female cast members were often stripped out of their bathing suits and producers encouraged the male cast members to "inappropriately touch female cast members' bodies, including in intimate areas." The reality star said she and other cast members reported the sexual abuse, but the show turned a blind eye.

TMZ reports Cooley is suing for unspecified damages. MTV and Bunim/Murray could not be reached by TMZ.

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