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Real World Star Settles Lawsuit After Allegedly Being Raped With A Toothbrush On Camera

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Justice has been served!

And, by justice, we of course mean cash will transfer hands!

Viacom and former Real World cast-mate Tonya Cooley announced plans to settle a lawsuit brought about last year after the reality star alleged she was wrongfully booted from the show when two other stars raped her with a toothbrush!!

While the company vehemently denies Kenneth Santucci and Evan Starkman violated Tonya during the filming of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins, MTV's parent company is deciding to settle after all!

Terms of the deal are still being negotiated. but both parties informed the judge they will resolve the dispute on their own terms. We're glad both sides are seemingly content though we wonder how this affects everyone else.

Kenny and Evan were publicly accused of sexually assaulting a woman!

If they raped her, they deserve to be prosecuted! If they are innocent, they deserve to have their names cleared!

We don't know what to think, but Viacom spending money to keep the situation under wraps isn't exactly a rush to their defense!

[Image via Katherine Christine/WENN.]

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7 comments to “Real World Star Settles Lawsuit After Allegedly Being Raped With A Toothbrush On Camera”

  1. 1

    and which one is Tonya coz I have no clue? nice to put somebody elses pic up and let people think it may be her. Sloppy sloppy.

  2. WillowWynde says – reply to this


    Re: PHWOARR – The woman on the left (the blonde) is Tonya. These shows are sometimes a guilty pleasure of mine and the editing certainly leads credibility to Tonya's claim. Both of the guys mentioned come across as complete douchebags. However, her editing leads one to believe she is a total lush. Who to believe? I guess we'll never know past personal opinion. Regardless, it's a shame either way.

  3. SouthernJezebel says – reply to this


    Tonya had/has? some serious issues. Lush doesn't even begin to describe her. But if there was no merit to her case Viacom would NEVER settle with her. Those boys did something over the line or Viacom would crush her with smiles on their faces.

  4. 4

    Re: SouthernJezebel – Settlement doesnt always mean guilt. Even if Viacom believes they are innocent and they are in fact innocent, if the legal costs, bad publicity that will escalate as they go into trial, investigation costs, etc exceed what they can settle for then it is better to settle. Im not saying neither is guilty or innocent but lets take it from another perspective, if you were to be molested and you had proof wouldnt you rather see those guilty be persecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and receive a very likely larger sum of money than settlement?

  5. 5

    Re: PHWOARR – Obviously the one who has the word bubbles coming out of her mouth, idiot.

  6. automaticsystematic says – reply to this


    I read somewhere else that some of the rape may've been caught on tape and there were crew members in room/close proximity. Very disturbing and I wish her the best. Surprising MTV hasn't had more lawsuits like this, the way they supply these kids with alcohol.

  7. 7

    Santucci and Starkman could not be charged with a felony in any US jurisdiction because the incident happened in Thailand, so any suggestion that Ms Cooley would have wanted to see them "convicted" in court rather than settle the suit is highly misinformed. Further, if one reads the available court document in the case, it is clear that just before the settlement there additional efforts to depose reluctant cast members. Those efforts were like fruitful and led Viacom to conclude that a settlement was in its best interests.