‘The Challenge’ Stars Sued For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Cast Mate with Toothbrush

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Now we know what happens when “people stop being polite and start getting real”: they start sexually assaulting their cast mates with dental hygiene products!At least, that’s what one former cast member of MTV’s The Challenge: The Ruins is claiming.

Tonya Cooley, who starred on The Real World: Chicago and ended up doing many ‘Challenges,’ has filed a lawsuit against MTV, the Bunim-Murray production company and two of her former cast mates, claiming that she was sexually assaulted while in a ‘Challenge’ house.

In the lawsuit, Tonya claims that while filming ‘The Challenge: The Ruins’ back in 2009, she got drunk and passed out one night and two of her cast mates, Evan Starkman and Kenny Santucci, decided to have a little ‘fun’ with her. She says that the guys took off her bikini top and squirted lotion on her, before taking another male participant’s toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around and inside her genitals, all while she was passed out and unaware of what was going on.

She also claims that they did all this while MTV cameras were rolling and producers knew about the incident but failed to tell her about it.

According to TMZ, which  broke the story last night, “the suit also claims female cast members were stripped of their bathing suits and that male cast members were encouraged by producers to inappropriately touch female cast members’ bodies, including in intimate areas.”

No one from the MTV camp has commented on the lawsuit yet.

(Photo: MTV)


  1. “however, I don’t believe that the girls on these ‘Challenges’ are sexually tormented by the guys. If that were true, why would the [sic] keep coming back for more seasons?”

    Exactly. And that’s why I don’t believe any of the 30+ women that Cosby allegedly molested. Or any woman in an abusive relationship. Or any child who claims s/he was repeatedly molested by an authority figure. Jerry Sandusky shouldn’t have been convicted. And battered woman syndrome is a bunch of crap. Take that, Lorena Bobbitt.

    It’s not like there is a plethora of studies that explain cyclic abuse and why the victims returns. Until then, I will scrutinize the accuser’s actions and not question those of the ‘molester’ or any parties who enabled it. That’s ironclad logic right there.

    1. Ironclad logic. It show that you may well be a bill Crosby type A personality. The typical abuser who insults your friends and family members when laughs “just kidding”. When you really meant it. I feel sorry for you. 99.9 abusers where once abused themselves. By their mothers and father’s family members teachers classmates spouses, which was yours.

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