Jamie Squillare, a former set dresser for the recently canceled TV series "90210," filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court Friday claiming that the show's art-department leadman pressured her for sex and threatened to fire her if she didn't
agree to be his girlfriend.
Squillare alleges that the leadman, Michael Sunga, agreed to give her a job on the CBS-owned CW show in exchange for sex and her first month's wages. She admits that she complied with the monetary aspect of the conditions, and said she was at his mercy from that point on, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Almost immediately after Ms. Squillare started working at '90210,' Mr. Sunga threatened to terminate her employment unless she agreed to be his girlfriend," the lawsuit says. "Ms. Squillare initially resisted, but in response to Mr. Sunga's constant threats, eventually obliged. Thus, the term of Ms. Squillare's employment was expressly or impliedly conditioned upon her acceptance of her supervisor's unwelcome advances."
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In addition to flaunting their relationship and inappropriately kissing and touching her in public during the workday, Squillare claims that Sunga began withholding her paychecks after she refused to engage in "various illegal schemes" and even spread a rumor that she gave him an STD, according to the lawsuit.
He is also accused of sending inappropriate text messages to Squillare, threatening her, and asking to spend Christmas with her family.
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Squillare was eventually fired after six months on Jan. 1, 2013. She is now seeking unspecified damages from the suit against Sunga, CBS Studios, and 90210 Productions for a hostile work environment, retaliation, failure to prevent discrimination, wrongful termination, failure to pay wages, and other causes of action. The studios knew about the harassment but did nothing to stop it, Squillare claims.
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