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Report: Faye Dunaway Humiliated Gay Staff Member on Broadway-Bound Play

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress Faye Dunaway (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 16 August 2019 01:42 PM

Faye Dunaway was abruptly fired as the lead from Broadway-bound play "Tea at Five" for alleged unprofessional behavior. At the time, several unnamed sources claimed the 78-year-old actress had been "verbally abusing" staff and even "slapped" one of the crew members.

Now Dunaway is being further accused of passing inappropriate remarks about her personal assistant's sexual orientation in an effort to "demean and humiliate him while at work," according to a new court filing obtained by Fox News.

The legal document states that Michael Rocha, who is gay, worked with Dunaway on the production from the beginning of April. She was cast to play Katharine Hepburn in the bio-play and his role was to manage her schedule, make her travel arrangements, and ensure she took her medication, among other tasks.

According to Rocha's complaint, Dunaway "regularly and relentlessly subjected plaintiff to abusive demeaning tirades."

The Oscar-winning actress allegedly referred to Rocha and other staff as "little gay people," Fox News noted. She is further accused of calling her personal assistant a "little homosexual boy."

Rocha claims in his complaint that he managed to record Dunaway passing some of these remarks, which he then played back to his superiors. Two weeks later they reportedly cut her from the production, which was subsequently canceled in the final week of its pre-Broadway tryout.

No explanation was offered but in a statement to Deadline, producers Ben Feldman and Scott Beck confirmed they had "terminated their relationship with Faye Dunaway," adding that "plans are in development for the play to have its West End debut early next year with a new actress to play the role of Katharine Hepburn."

Shortly after the play was halted, several sources alleged to the New York Post's Michael Riedel that Dunaway was creating a toxic environment backstage that was becoming increasingly "hostile."

Some claimed the actress had grown verbally abusive and at one point even started to throw mirrors, combs, and hairpins at them during a meltdown. The most shocking charge is she reportedly slapped a crew member as tension backstage rose, the Post reported.

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Faye Dunaway was abruptly fired as the lead from Broadway-bound play "Tea at Five" for alleged unprofessional behavior.
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