NeNe Leakes Dismisses Racism Lawsuit Against Bravo, Andy Cohen & Production

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NeNe Leakes has dismissed the lawsuits she made against Bravo, Andy Cohen, NBC Universal and the production company behind the reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta. She was originally suing the companies and people for discrimination and wrongful termination.

“Leakes hereby dismisses this action and all claims asserted by Leakes without prejudice, thereby concluding this case before this Court at this time,” read court documents obtained by Deadline. The lawsuit was filed in April. The filing alleged that Leakes white co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann made stereotypical insults, racial slurs and other forms of "systemic racism" while the show did nothing to stop it. “NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged,” the lawsuit read. Although the case was dismissed, Leakes can reopen the lawsuit in the future since the action was dismissed without prejudice.

The lawsuit shares that Leakes was subjected to racist verbal abuse from her co-star Zolciak-Biermann. The suit claims her co-star used the N-word against her black co-stars in 2012. This behavior according to the lawsuit “was tolerated by Bravo executive producer Andy Cohen and other executives.” She was suing for monetary damages and claiming that being fired from the show in 2020 violated federal employment and anti-discriminatory laws.

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