Faye Dunaway is known for her diva behaviour, and this time it has gotten her in hot water.
The actress, 78, has been hit with a lawsuit by her former assistant Michael Rocha, who was in charge with things such as shopping, her schedule, helping her take her meds and getting her to and from rehearsals for her role in Broadway play “Tea at Five”.
In the court documents obtained by ET Canada, Dunaway reportedly “regularly and relentlessly subjected plaintiff to abusive demeaning tirades” as well as used his orientation as a gay man to “demean and humiliate him at work,” for which he was paid $1,500 per week.
Rocha claims that Dunaway called himself and other workers “little gay people” and then later called him “a little homosexual boy,” which the suit maintains “offended and humiliated” Rocha, “as it was clearly a derogatory and demeaning reference to Plaintiff’s sexual orientation.”
Fed up, Rocha reported Dunaway’s behaviour to Joseph Guglielmo and Ben Feldman — the play’s general manager and producer, respectively — and Rocha includes the transcript of a message he left for both men. “As I told you on Friday, she still thinks I’m her 24/7 servant and went off on me because I was not there yesterday afternoon or this morning doing her dishes,” said Rocha in the message. “I worked for her 14 days straight now, and still doing my best to get her to rehearsals on time.”
Two weeks later, Rocha was fired and told that his former boss “is not comfortable with you anymore.”
Claiming that he “had no disciplinary history and had not been issued any warnings about his work,” Rocha is suing over Dunaway’s “discriminatory and unlawful conduct,” and is seeking compensation for lost wages and “compensatory damages for mental and emotional injury, distress, pain, suffering,” in addition to punitive damages.
Dunaway was eventually fired from the one-woman play after causing havoc by allegedly slapping and throwing things at crew members who tried to fit her with a wig.
Dunaway’s rep has not immediately responded to ET Canada’s request for comment.