March 8th, 2012 by faye
Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bravo have settled a lawsuit filed by a Persian woman named Kathy Salem who took part in the filming of their upcoming reality series, “Shahs of Sunset.” Salem claims that she was forced against her will to play the role of a bad girl on the said new show. A spokesperson for Ryan Seacrest Productions confirms that the lawsuit over Kathy Salem’s appearance in the production has been settled.
According to TMZ’s sources, the companies have agreed to cut Kathy Salem out of the ‘Shahs of Sunset” premiere episode airing March 11. However, she won’t get any payment in the settlement of the lawsuit she filed. The sources added that the producers of the show didn’t intend to use the footage.
In the lawsuit filed last November, Kathy Salem asked for a ban against airing any footage of her and at least $100,000 in damages. The Persian native claims that she was humiliated and verbally abused at a fancy Hollywood Hills party that was filmed for ‘Shahs of Sunset,” largely following the lives of thirty-something, affluent Persian-Americans.
“What developed was a bullying session wherein [the cast members] became verbally abusive to plaintiff and addressed her in an obscene manner,” the complaint stated. “Then, after the verbal abuse, someone tried to strip plaintiff’s top off and another cast member by the name of Reza threw a cup of water in plaintiff’s face.”
Reports say Kathy Salem did not get any cut for her stint in”Shahs of Sunset” from Ryan Seacrest Productions.