The Victoria Rowell (Ex-Drucilla) lawsuit against CBS and Sony heated up again Wednesday when the former Y&R star, who claims that she wasn’t re-hired to the number one soap opera in retaliation for her “public and private complaints regarding the lack of diversity in front of and behind the camera on the show,’” was given some major pushback from her former employees in court.
In a motion to dismiss, the two companies blast Rowell’s complaints including: one by the actress that CBS acted to sabotage an event in Alabama in which she appeared.
In legal papers filed in U.S. California Court, Rowell’s amended complaint alleges that CBS retaliated against her by orchestrating the withdrawal of three event corporate sponsors, thus cutting her pay. “Not only is this new theory patently absurd, but Plaintiff again fails to include any facts that would establish any wrongful conduct by CBS,” said the documents.
In addition, Rowell said CBS and Sony also blocked her for getting a role on The Bold and the Beautiful, while the companies claim that casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment, and that Rowell never actually “applied” or “auditioned” for a role on “Y&R” after her 2007 exit from the series, or B&B.
Also in the documents, Rowell claimed that CBS and Sony were to create a storyline for Drucilla Winters,” but the filing reads. “Defendants never agreed to do so.”
“This lawsuit is nothing more than a blatant attempt by Plaintiff to force her way back onto a daytime television soap opera after she voluntarily resigned from her role in 2007,” CBS and Sony say in the papers.
Rowell’s attorney, Dan Stormer in response made this statement, “CBS/Sony is afraid to address the important underlying issues of their racial discrimination and retaliation. They are hoping to find some obscure technicality that might allow them to escape the justice that Victoria Rowell so richly deserves.”
So what do you think about CBS and Sony against Rowell and each of their legal claims? Weigh-in below!