The attorneys fighting for the rights of reality stars has spoken out again as Bethenny Frankel leads the charge against Bravo and parent company NBC Universal.
Page Six has reported that 80 reality stars have joined the cause, and while Bethenny’s attorney Bryan Freedman refrained from naming them, he did claim they had ‘horrific’ stories.
‘NBC, Bravo and its agents have wrongfully silenced even the most famous of these reality performers and continue to do so today,’ Freedman told the outlet.
‘Their stories are horrific and in due time will be made public,’ he added.
It comes after the network was accused of ‘covering up sexual violence, condoning revenge porn, exploiting minors and denying mental health treatment’ in a bombshell letter sent by Freedman. Sources have told DailyMail.com that Bethenny has ‘led the charge’ against the network.
The attorney fighting for the rights of reality stars has spoken out again as Bethenny Frankel leads the charge against Bravo and parent company NBC Universal
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for NBC Universal, Frankel and Freedman.
NBCUniversal previously responded to the accusations they would not allow reality stars to break their non-disclosure agreements in a statement.
‘Confidentiality clauses are standard practice in reality programming to prevent disclosure of storylines prior to air,’ the network have told DailyMail.com in their official statement.
‘They are not intended to prevent disclosure by cast and crew of unlawful acts in the workplace, and they have not been enforced in that manner. To be clear: any current or former cast or crew is free to discuss and disclose any allegedly unlawful acts in the workplace, such as harassment or discrimination, or any other conduct they have reason to believe is inappropriate.
‘We are also working with our third party production companies to remind all cast and crew that they are encouraged to report any such concerns through the channels made available by the production company so concerns can be promptly addressed.’
The network has said they stand by their statement.
Speaking with Page Six, Freedman claimed it was a ‘bald-faced lie’ and alleged the NDAs are enforced with a $500,000 penalty.
‘NBCU is a party to NDAs which specifically restrict disclosure of anything that occurs during the person’s employment. This clearly includes any illegal activity witnessed or experienced on set,’ they said.
‘This restriction is enforced through a draconian penalty of $500,000 per violation for individuals making $28,000 or less.
Page Six has reported that 80 reality stars have joined the cause, and while Bethenny’s attorney Bryan Freedman refrained from naming them, he did claim they had ‘horrific’ stories
Sources told DailyMail.com reality star Frankel has ‘led the charge’ against the network
‘They can say whatever they want to but restrictions are actually in writing and are clearly intended to silence reality performers, producers, and crew members.’
Attorney Mark Geragos, who was part of the legal team behind the letter, said their statement was a ‘concocted explanation’ and ‘transparent effort to try to insulate themselves from their obvious illegal actions… This is all in response to NBCU/Bravo response to my demand that they release reality performers from their illegal NDAs.’
Page Six is reporting that Bravo ‘stands by’ their earlier statement.
Last month, NBC and Bravo reality show stars accused the networks of ‘covering up sexual violence, condoning revenge porn, exploiting minors and denying mental health treatment’ in a new bombshell letter obtained by DailyMail.com
Stars complained of ‘grotesque and depraved mistreatment’, with the letter claiming both current and former stars were ‘mentally, physically, and financially victimized’.
It also alleged that they were ‘threatened with ruin should they decide to speak out about their mistreatment’.
Sources told DailyMail.com reality star Bethenny Frankel has ‘led the charge’ against the network, weeks after she slammed executives for exploiting ‘young, doe-eyed talent’ who are desperate to be on TV.
In a statement, NBC said that it was ‘committed to maintaining a safe and respectful workplace for cast and crew on our reality shows.
‘At the outset, we require our third-party production partners to have appropriate workplace policies and training in place,’ a spokesperson for NBCUniversal said in a statement to Dailymail.com.
Network chiefs are accused of victimizing reality stars ‘on innumerable occasions’. Pictured (L-R) the cast of NBC hit show Real Housewives of New York City Ramona Singer, Jill Zarin, Lu-Ann DeLesseps, Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord
‘If complaints are brought to our attention, we work with our production partners to ensure that timely, appropriate action is or has been taken, including investigations, medical and/or psychological support, and other remedial action that may be warranted such as personnel changes.’
Bravo has also been contacted for comment about the allegations, which were first reported by TMZ.
The explosive letter directed at Bravo Media, E!, and CNBC, which are collectively controlled by NBCUniversal, claims the networks’ widely consumed reality TV universe is the reason stars’ alleged suffering ‘remained under wraps for far too long.’
‘The day of reckoning has arrived,’ the letter began, as it accused network chiefs of deliberately damaging the mental health of cast members by plying them with alcohol and depriving them of food and sleep.
When stars complained, they were allegedly denied mental health treatment despite showing signs they were struggling, the letter said.
The networks are also accused of exploiting minors by not paying them despite long-term appearances on the shows.
Sources told DailyMail.com reality star Bethenny is ‘leading the charge’
Sources told DailyMail.com there have been over 100 emails from talent, producers and various show runners about the issues detailed in the letter.
Showrunners were also accused of distributing, or condoning, ‘the distribution of non-consensual pornography’ – or so-called ‘revenge porn’ – and covering up ‘sexual violence’.
At the end of their alleged ordeal, stars were also not allowed to leave their shows, ‘even under dire circumstances’.
The allegations come months after former NBC Universal CEO Jeff Shell was fired following an investigation into sexual harassment, which was sparked when a female employee made a complaint against him.
Acting CEO Michael Cavanagh took the helm after Shell was sacked in April.
The letter, written by attorneys for the stars, said the disturbing behavior had been witnessed ‘on innumerable occasions.’
It is claimed that NBC Universal ‘have exceeded the moral and legal limits permissible in a civilized society’, adding that it has allegedly opened itself up to lawsuits due to ‘intentional infliction of emotional distress, distribution of revenge porn, and false imprisonment.’