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Victory! 'Young & Restless' Actress Scores Big In Harassment & Discrimination Lawsuit Against Sony

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Victoria Rowell claimed her costars abused her with afro-wigs and insults — and now she wants Sony Entertainment to pay, can exclusively reveal.

According to court documents obtained by, Rowell, 57, sued Sony Entertainment and CBS Corporation in 2015 after she was canned from her role as Drucilla Winters. She played the part for 14 years and won a Daytime Emmy for her performance.

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She claimed that she was given the axe for speaking out about the lack of minorities on soap operas, and claimed white actors were given more opportunities than her. The actress alleged that her character's horrific storylines were punishment for her outbursts.

Rowell also said that she left the show in 2007 due to behind-the-scenes abuse from her white co-stars. She accused Michelle Stafford of spitting on her, calling her a freak and telling her that "nobody liked her" on set while another actress ran around in an afro-wig.

She then claimed that the cast, director and producer conspired to harass her, as Peter Bergman allegedly threatened to publicly call her mentally unstable. Executives fired back by refusing to put her on the ballot for a Daytime Emmy despite her past wins.

Finally, she said she was fined $20,000 for missing a day of work that was previously approved. But, she claimed that she sought reemployment after her fans asked her to return.

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Sony and CBS demanded that her lawsuit be thrown out, as they did nothing wrong by attempting to cast another actor for her role.

Now, the Young and Restless star "agreed to a settlement of all claims with a waiver of costs" and "agreed to file a joint stipulation for dismissal of all claims with prejudice" on Feb. 10, over two years after her initial filing. Her court hearing on Feb. 13 was subsequently cancelled.

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