Wendy Williams has discussed sexual harassment accusations against celebrities on The Wendy Williams Show. But in a bombshell lawsuit, the talk-show host and her husband were once sued for the very same offense. RadarOnline.com can reveal exclusive details and the outcome of the explosive 2008 suit.
In the lawsuit obtained from the United States District Court Southern District of New York, Nicole Spence sued Inner City Broadcast Corporation, Williams and her husband Kevin Hunter on June 11, 2008 for “unlawful employment practices and discriminatory treatment, harassment and unlawful retaliation against Plaintiff.”
During Spence’s employment on radio show The Wendy Williams Experience, she claimed she was forced to work in a “hostile work environment” based on her gender.
“Plaintiff has been degraded as a woman, subjected to vulgar acts of sexual harassment, repeatedly sexually propositioned, verbally abused, called a ‘stupid f**king b***h,’ cursed, yelled at and physically threatened with violence,” the complaint claimed.
Spence, who was employed in August 2004 and was promoted to a Talent Producer in May 2006, claimed her written and verbal complaints regarding the unlawful conduct caused the company and Williams to retaliate against her.
She alleged that she was stripped of her material job duties and was “physically threatened” and “nearly attacked” by Williams.
She claimed company executives paid for her husband Hunter, and at times his girlfriend, to go with company employees on trips to Puerto Rico, Jamaica and other places.
As reports claim, Hunter has reportedly been hiding a secret affair with massage therapist Sharina Hudson for years. Williams has denied the rumors.
She claimed he would scream obscenities at Spence and that he targeted female employees by calling them “b***es.” She alleged that he openly called her a “b***h,” “f**king b***h,” “stupid b***h,” w***e,” “mother**ker” and “dumb a**.”
She claimed Hunter repeatedly sexually propositioned her at work, telling her “over and over that he wanted to ‘f**k’ her.”
“He called Ms. Spence on her cell phone at all hours of the night and told her that he had been dreaming about sleeping with her,” the suit alleged. “Defendant Hunter also told Ms. Spence that she had a ‘big butt,’ was ‘going to be a hot b***h’ and that she needed ‘a real man.’ Defendant Hunter often asked her who she was ‘f**king.’”
When she continued to reject his advances, he reportedly told a male employee that she would not “f**k” him because “there must be something wrong with her p****y.”
She alleged on one occasion that Defendant Hunter, “Openly physically abused Ms. Williams, pinning her against the wall with his hand around her neck, choking her while repeatedly pounding his fist into the wall directly behind her” because she had been smoking cigarettes.
Spence claimed Hunter punched Williams in the face and violently attacked her in a parking lot used by company employees.
“Defendant Hunter also physically threatened to commit violence against Ms. Spence in the office,” the report alleged. “Hunter charged at Ms. Spence while threatening to inflict physical harm on her, which caused Ms. Spence to further fear for her safety at the Company.”
She also claimed Hunter asked a male employee to “help him find someone to kill rival radio personality Tarsha Jones.” She alleged Williams asked the same individual to help her get someone to kill her husband.
Spence alleged a male employee confided in her about having to have sex with Williams out of fear that he would lose his job if he refused to do so. The same employee claimed he was forced to listen to her masturbate over the phone at night.
When Spence made complaints about the treatment, she accused Williams of attempting to “blackball” her and destroy her reputation in the industry.
In Williams and Hunter’s response to the complaint, they denied the allegations against them.
The case was suddenly dismissed with prejudice, meaning it can’t be re-filed, on October 22, 2008.
Spence and her attorneys declined to comment on the outcome of the case to Radar.
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