On one occasion, Cooley claims she passed out after drinking too much, and Santucci and Starkman used the opportunity to insert a toothbrush into her vagina. Cast members for such shows are routinely required to sign legal releases, and the racier the show, the more types of behavior they are likely to sign off on as acceptable. But if you have cast members totally acting off the script, they need to have some liability. Cooley's suit says that she was shut down by higher-ups when she initially voiced her concerns about the incident, and alleges the network even condoned the behavior. Cooley was later axed from the show for slapping a fellow participant — the rules prohibit physical contact -- and Santucci and Starkman went on to win the series. Starkman and Santucci did not respond to a request for comment.
MTV's the Real World is embroiled in a controversy over a rape claim, after one of the stars claimed she was sexually assaulted with a toothbrush on the show. The production company have hit back at Tonya Cooley's accusations, calling them 'completely baseless'. Cooley claims that the producers of the show knew about the incident and never told her or took any disciplinary action against the two men. MTV show: Tonya Cooley, far right, has appeared on Real World since , and made the claims against two other cast members.
The suit claims that during the filming of Ruins, Cooley and others became very intoxicated by the unlimited alcohol offered to the cast. The suit alleges that a man removed Cooley's bikini top and threw it into a tree later. Later when Cooley tried to return to her bunk, two cast members, Santucci and Starkman, stopped her. Santucci then allegedly squirted lotion on her head while another male squeezed baby power in her face and Starkman refused to let her leave, EW reports.