Woman claims she got an unwelcome butt-slapping and kiss during taping of kids’ sitcom
The Walt Disney Company was hit with a sexual-assault lawsuit Tuesday, by a woman who claimed she was spanked against her will and kissed inappropriately during a taping of the Disney Channel's "Good Luck Charlie."
Read the full lawsuit here.
In the suit — filed in Los Angeles Superior Court — Kellie Rodriguez says she attended a December 2011 taping of the kids' sitcom with her minor children, her sister-in-law and her sister-in-law's daughters. But instead of a wholesome, family-friendly experience, Rodriguez says that she was subjected to leering and sexual misconduct at the eyes, hands and mouth of crowd entertainer Ron Pearson.
The lurid saga began when Rodriguez went to use the restroom and noticed Pearson "looking up and down Plaintiff's body in a lewd manner," the lawsuit says. Things went from "ewww" to worse when, according to Rodriguez, she was chosen by Pearson, along with two other audience members, to take the stage and participate in a contest that involved doing a "silly dance" to the Village People chestnut "YMCA."
But what happened next was anything but silly, Rodriguez claims.
According to suit, during the "silly dance," Pearson began spanking Rodriguez while her back was turned to him.
"This unwarranted and unconsented spanking was relentless, and did not cease until Plaintiff physically turned around to stop it," the suit says.
Following the contest, Rodriguez claims, Pearson asked her for a kiss on the cheek. "Being a good sport," rhe suit says, she consented, but when she went in to give him the peck, Pearson "turned his face and kissed Plaintiff fully on the mouth."
Perhaps the worst part? Rodriguez didn't even win the contest.
Now she claims that her "health, mental well-being, trust and confidence has [sic] been harmed," resulting in medical expenses and loss of income, among other injuries.
Claiming sexual assault, battery, negligence, negligent hiring, and a host of other charges, Rodriguez is seeking unspecified damages, along with medical expenses, compensation for loss of earnings, legal costs and interest.
Pearson and It's a Laugh Productions — "Good Luck Charlie"'s production company — are also named in the suit.
Disney has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.