Warner Bros. TV and its casting service have been sued by an actress who says her role was whittled down and then cut after she complained about sexually charged comments from another employee in connection with her work on CBS’s “The Mentalist,” according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq.
The suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court by actress Shanelle Howard, and names WBTV, casting agency GEP Cencast and colleague Lonnie Moore. Howard, who said she was a GEP employee for more than 10 years, said she performed as a stand-in and background actress on the show.
Howard alleges Moore targeted her with a "a daily barrage of sexually based comments and unsuitable conduct," such as, "Are you wearing thongs today or nothing at all?" and, "It’s just sex; stop being so uptight and give me some," the story says. The actress also claims she endured physical harassment.
Howard claims she told her superiors in October about the alleged problems. She alleges her work then was cut to two days a week from five, while a Warner Bros. attorney told her the claim had been investigated and closed. Howard claims that by late April or early May she was no longer working on the show and wasn’t offered additional work by GEP.
Warner Bros. TV declined to comment, the story says.