Former “Price Is Right” model Lanisha Cole has filed a sexual harassment suit in Los Angeles against the show claiming humiliation in the dressing room and wrongful termination.
She filed the lawsuit on Wednesday against “Price Is Right” producers Michael Richards and Adam Sandler, which have no relation to either comedic actors.
“This case is about senior-level men in the entertainment industry exploiting power and control over women by bullying and harassing female talent,” said Cole’s attorney, Solomon Gresen. He stated that she “did nothing to provoke Richards and Sandler. Once the harassment began, she was powerless to stop it.”
Cole worked for the show and its producers for 6 years starting in 2003. By all accounts, she said she enjoyed working on the show. However, in 2009 things started to change when Richards began implementing policies “that never existed before.”
The model says that Richards used the new policies to limit her time on TV as he began to favor other staff personnel. She also points to an incident when Sandler charged into the dressing room to berate her while she was nearly naked.
“Sandler deliberately humiliated Ms. Cole in front of her peers,” while all the women were “frozen in shock until Sandler finished his tirade and stormed out,” he added.
Price Is Right host Drew Carey, who took over for Bob Barker, was not named in any way or accused of any wrong doing in the suit. In the show, contestants compete to win cash and prizes by bidding on the pricing of merchandise. The program has been critically successful and remains a stalwart in the television ratings.