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By Lynn Curwin     Sep 8, 2011 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - A former Price is Right model filed a lawsuit against two of the show's producers and the media company, claiming she was sexually harassed and wrongfully terminated.
Lanisha Cole is suing Michael G. Richards and Adam Sandler (Who are not related to the actors with the same names.) and Fremantle Media North America.
Cole began working on "The Price Is Right" in 2003. She says that the work environment was fine until December 2009, when Richards stopped speaking to her, limited her work on the show, and began showing favouritism to a model with whom he was having a relationship.
“This case is about senior-level men in the entertainment industry exploiting power and control over women by bullying and harassing female talent," the Los Angeles Times quoted her attorney Solomon Gresen as saying. "Ms. Cole did nothing to provoke Richards and Sandler. Once the harassment began, she was powerless to stop it.”
Cole claims that in September 2010 Sandler entered her dressing room while she was wearing nothing but a sheer thong, and criticized her because she had not worn a microphone earlier.
The court document states that all the women in the room were "frozen in shock until Sandler finished his tirade and stormed out of the women’s dressing room."
While taking part in a meeting about alleged sexual harassment involving another model, Cole complained about the way she was treated.
The New York Daily News reported that Cole said she filed a complaint with the HR department, but nothing came of it and she quit the show in December 2010.
The complaint states that Cole is claiming for wrongful constructive termination, wrongful retaliation, wrongful sexual harassment, failure to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment or discrimination, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Several people have left messages of support on Cole's Facebook wall.
She is still listed as a cast member on the Price is Right website, where she talks about how much she enjoys being part of the show.
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