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Bravo Sued by Man Who Says Network Fueled 'Housewives' with Booze, Led to Assault

Bravo is being sued by a man who claims he was sexually assaulted on the second season of their Real Housewives spin-off series Ultimate Girls Trip.

via: Page Six

Marco Vega, the butler hired for Season 2 of “Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip,” has sued Bravo, claiming he was sexually abused during a wild party at Dorinda Medley’s Massachusetts mansion.

In court documents obtained by TMZ Friday, Vega claimed that during the September 2021 shindig, Phaedra Parks slapped his butt and Brandi Glanville ripped his shirt off, exposing his torso.

“Earn your money, Marco. Take your shirt off. Do something!” Glanville allegedly told him as she yanked his shirt off.

Vega alleged the incidents occurred after a strip-tease show took place at Medley’s Blue Stone Manor. Once the fun ended from the show, he said producers encouraged him to “go over and get the women dancing!”

He also claimed in his lawsuit, per the outlet, that the women were drinking heavily throughout the night.

He further claimed the events caused a strain in his marriage after his wife got very upset over what had happened.

Vega is suing Bravo for sexual abuse and harassment, claiming the network has a history of condoning inappropriate behavior from its stars. He is asking for damages.

When reached for comment, Parks’ rep told us, “She is traveling and unavailable for comment.”

As for Glanville, her rep told us, “She has the utmost respect for Marco. Anything that occurred on the set that evening was requested by the producers and approved by Marco Vega himself.”

Page Six also reached out to Bravo reps for comment on the report and did not receive an immediate response.

Vega had previously detailed his disappointment with his filming experience on his Instagram Story in 2022.

In screenshots shared by a Bravo fan account, Vega said he “didn’t really ‘connect’ with any of the ladies” and was “forcibly stripped,” about which he “was not happy.”

He did, however, add that Medley was “extremely kind to him.”

The lawsuit comes after Page Six exclusively revealed on Aug. 4 that Bethenny Frankel — who claimed she was planning to “bring down” Bravo — has about 80 reality show cast members ready to help her fight Bravo and its parent company NBC Universal.

“They got these performers wasted on national TV, there has been revenge porn, they have illegally filmed people having sex — and they are trying to keep people silent,” an insider told Page Six later on in the month.

“You will definitely know their names.”

NBCUniversal and Bravo have already received strongly worded legal communication from well-respected lawyers Bryan Freedman and Mark Geragos that accuses the network of “deliberate attempts” to “manufacture mental instability” by loading up the Bravo stars with “alcohol while depriving them of food and sleep,” as well as denying help to those experiencing “mental deterioration.”

NBCUniversal was also accused of “distributing and/or condoning the distribution of non-consensual pornography.”

In a statement to Page Six, a Bravo spokesperson said all current and former cast and crew members are “free to discuss and disclose any allegedly unlawful acts in the workplace, such as harassment or discrimination, or any other conduct they have reason to believe is inappropriate.”


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