NeNe Leakes Sues Bravo, Andy Cohen And The Real Housewives Of Atlanta Production Companies, Citing Racist Work Environment

NeNe Leakes is suing Bravo, Andy Cohen and The Real Housewives of Atlanta production companies over racism and a hostile work environment.

The reality star, 54, names the network, Cohen, 53, NBCUniversal and RHOA production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original as defendants, per the Associated Press, in a complaint filed in an Atlanta federal court.

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“NBC, Bravo and True foster a corporate and workplace culture in which racially-insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged,” the filing alleges, according to THR.

NeNe also alleges her former costar and friend Kim Zolciak-Biermann, 43, made racist comments for years, but NeNe was the one who was punished after informing executives.

NeNe alleges that executives “did not terminate their relationship with Zolciak-Biermann, nor take any other meaningful action to put an end to her racially-offensive behavior” but instead gave her a spinoff, referencing Zolciak-Biermann’s Don’t Be Tardy, which aired on Bravo for eight seasons.

“From the day the series began filming, NeNe was the target of systemic racism from co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann, which was tolerated by Bravo executive producer Andy Cohen and other executives,” Nene’s lawyer David deRubertis said in a statement to THR.

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The lawsuit says during season 5, Zolciak-Biermann made “racially offensive and stereotypical” remarks about costar Kandi Burruss‘ new home, referring to her neighborhood as “ghetto,” the Associated Press reports. NeNe alleges that later that year, Zolciak-Biermann also used the N-word when talking about Leakes and other costars.

Zolciak-Biermann is not named in the lawsuit.

“NeNe and Kim have been fine for a while now,” a source close to production tells PEOPLE. “Kim isn’t sure where all this is coming from.”

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