Povich Hit With Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Apr 25, 2006  •  Post A Comment

A producer on the NBC Universal talk strip “The Maury Povich Show” filed a $100 million suit alleging sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.

Bianca Nardi, who worked at NBC Universal for five years, is suing host Maury Povich, MoPo Productions, NBC Universal and producers Donna Benner Ingber, Paul Faulhaber and Vincent Fusco.

Ms. Nardi said in a verified complaint filed Monday with the State Supreme Court in New York that “The sexually hostile workplace within ‘The Maury Povich Show’ was permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, insult and sexual harassment.”

The suit also claimed that a relationship between Mr. Povich and Ms. Benner Ingber “created a hostile workplace that was sexually abusive to women and was permeated with the use of alcohol, pornographic videos and parties inviting open and notorious sexual activities.” Ms. Nardi also claims in her suit that Mr. Faulhaber required her to watch pornographic videos and asked her to expose her breasts and have them photographed for the show. The suit also says MoPo Productions retaliated against her when she complained about the behavior.

“We have been served with a complaint by Bianca Nardi. We do not believe that Ms. Nardi was a victim of unlawful sexual harassment and intend to defend this lawsuit vigorously,” an NBC Universal spokesperson said by e-mail to TelevisionWeek in response to the complaint. “NBC Universal is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment.”