A woman who worked on the Spike TV tattoo competition show Ink Master says she was fired after complaining about sexual harassment from two of the show's judges, according to a new lawsuit.
In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Monday, Nicoletta Robinson, 25, says she was subjected to "non-consensual, unwelcome and inappropriate touching by Peck, as well as to sexual advances from [judges Chris Nunez and Oliver Peck]" while working in 2013 as a production assistant on the show." Robinson's job on the show was as a driver and errand runner. Via NY Daily News:
Robinson claims [Nunez] and [Peck], who judge the tattoo artist competition show hosted by rocker Dave Navarro on the Spike TV channel, made her life hell by peppering her with offensive jokes and creepy verbal and physical come-ons.
The 25-year-old says the two tattoo gurus threatened to come into her hotel room, made degrading comments about her and other women, insulted her driving, asked her if she was menstruating and questioned her about anal sex.
"On various occasions, including at time while Robinson was driving, Peck would poke and try to tickle Robinson under her arms and on her legs, squeeze her legs and pinch her," says the lawsuit, which seeks lost wages and unspecified monetary damages.
The lawsuit alleges Robinson was terminated after she took her concerns about their behavior to her bosses. While executives with Spike TV declined to comment, Peck said the lawsuit sounded "ridiculous" and "preposterous." Nunez was not available for comment.
Robinson's lawyer, Kenneth Katz, said his client hopes her lawsuit sends a message that companies "must protect employees from harassment whether they work in an office or on the set of a TV show."
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