Teen Mom OG star Farrah Abraham has filed a lawsuit against MTV and the whole Teen Mom OG production, alleging that she was fired and “sex-shamed” over her decision to continue her career in pornography.
Abraham was cut from the remainder of Teen Mom OG in October, which she claimed stemmed from her involvement in the adult entertainment industry.
Now, Abraham has filed a US$5-million lawsuit against Viacom, Eleventh Street Productions, Anxious Eleven and Teen Mom producer Morgan J. Freeman.
Abraham filed complaints of harassment, wrongful termination based upon gender discrimination and retaliation based upon gender discrimination, according to documents obtained by E!.
The reality star said all of this stemmed from an incident that happened with Freeman on Oct. 30, 2017, the day before she was “fired” from the show.
In a complaint filed in federal court in Texas, Abraham states that Freeman and the entire production crew “harassed, humiliated and discriminated against, disrespected, ridiculed and sex-shamed” her during the Oct. 30 meeting. She claims that the actions were in response to her decision to pursue opportunities in the adult entertainment industry.
“Threats were made against Ms. Abraham by Freeman about ending her career with MTV and sabotaging future deals Ms. Abraham had in place with MTV, and defaming her,” the lawsuit continued. “Given Freeman’s hostile tone, mannerisms and body language, Ms. Abraham feared for her life.”
Abraham alleges that as a “direct result of the confrontation and her decision to not conform to their gender stereotypes of how women should act and appear,” she was cut from the remainder of the current season of Teen Mom OG.
The suit alleges wrongful termination and violations of federal and Texas law.
She also alleges that MTV pulled the plug on a “lucrative deal” they’d been discussing for months.
Abraham claims she suffered “emotional pain, emotional suffering, inconvenience, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life” from the incident with Freeman.
She released a statement to E! News about the lawsuit saying, “I am here to make a change for the LGBTQ and female community at large, and I’m proud I stay true to my identity as a business entrepreneur, reality star, and single mother. I am a businesswoman and female celebrity leader who will not be shamed or discriminated against by Viacom, MTV, my peers as it’s illegal for me to do the same to them.”
She continued, “As my MTV executives, crew, cast have all bought my branded products over the years I know my truth of being Farrah Abraham the loving mother and protector of my family and I fight for what is right and creating a better, safer world…I encourage all adults to have a healthy sex life, to not be sex-shamed and feel sexually liberated.”
She also took to Instagram to comment further, writing, “I stand up for what is right so we all can be treated better and have a better world. If you want to continue this bad cycle then stay away from me & my family.”
In a statement, a Viacom spokesperson said, “We respect Farrah’s decision to pursue other endeavours and we wish her the best. Regarding her suit, the claims are without merit.”