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'Price is Right' Model Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Producers

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 8th 2011 2:35PM
Lanisha Cole, Price is RightA former 'The Price is Right' model is suing the show's producers on charges of sexual harassment, false imprisonment and wrongful termination.

Lanisha Cole alleges producers Michael G. Richards and Adam Sandler -- not the actors -- created a hostile work environment starting in December 2009 after Richards stopped talking to Cole directly.

In the suit filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, Cole claims Richards created personnel policies that were intended to deprive her of work, something the other models on the show were not forced to do. Cole's suit also says Sandler entered a female dressing room -- without permission -- while Cole was naked from the waist up and only wearing "a very sheer thong bikini underwear bottom" and berated her for failing to wear a microphone, something she says was not her fault.

"All the women in the dressing room, including Ms. Cole, were frozen in shock until Sandler finished his tirade and stormed out of the women's dressing room," the suit says.

According to the LA Times, the 'Price is Right' stage manager apologized to Cole, but did not report the incident. Months following the dressing room invasion, Cole said she had to miss a day of work for a family commitment and was told she would not work for that entire week. After she returned, she was told she was "holding the show hostage."

"This case is about senior-level men in the entertainment industry exploiting power and control over women by bullying and harassing female talent," Solomon Gresen, Cole's attorney, told the Los Angeles Times. "Ms. Cole did nothing to provoke Richards and Sandler. Once the harassment began, she was powerless to stop it."

'Price' host Drew Carey is not involved in the lawsuit.

Cole's lawsuit is just the latest in a long line of suits associated with the hit game show. In 1994, former model Dian Parkinson sued then-host Bob Barker for sexual harassment after a three-year affair they had while she worked on the show. Parkinson dropped her lawsuit, claiming stress damaged her health. Then in 1995, Holly Hallstrom filed a suit against Barker for wrongful termination and later settled in 2005. Barker filed a counter suit and later dropped it, but not before firing Sherrill Paris and Sharon Friem. The two production assistants each sued Barker for wrongful termination, sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Both women received financial settlements.

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November 20 2012 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WHAAAAAAAA I need money...frigging cry baby...grow up! When did this happen??? In show business people are always walking into dressing rooms..sounds like she is trying to get money... On the other hand I hope as soon as he came in she covered herself...been to the beach lately?

September 12 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Lady bug

And its hostile too with all my customers running around complaining and I am pretty my boss gave me the evil eye too! LOL!

September 11 2011 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lady bug

OMG now let me tell you whats wrong at my job and cutting MY hours. Any attorneys here that can file a lawsuit for me? I am not beautiful and am not a model and cant pay you much but darn it they cut my hours too and its a travesty!

September 11 2011 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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September 09 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Gibs me'z dats !!

September 09 2011 at 5:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Lucky Lanisha...I wondered where you were.....good luck in your suit...don't back down...it's not racist to demand respect and to all the idiots that have negative comments..I say walk a mile in her shoes....her job is a job, just as yours is and she deserves and should be protected..By the way she is one of the better looking model on the show and one that you remember because she has personality...right Lucky Lanisha!!!!!!

September 09 2011 at 11:59 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Brave that she could come out. Many take the BS as a way to just survive. The price isn't right here!!!

September 09 2011 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gee, another ridiculus lawsuit.

September 09 2011 at 8:13 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Testosterone driven behavior knows no bounds. At excessive levels it can cause abberant behavior in both men (and surprisingly) in some women - especially those who have the brain gender of males. Yes, women do have small amounts of testosterone, too, and although not generally as great as men it is present in some that can cause all sorts of anit-social behavior and dysfunctional parenting.

September 09 2011 at 5:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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