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Caroline Manzo Sues Bravo, Accuses Brandi Glanville of Sexual Harassment on January 26, 2024 at 10:20 pm Us Weekly

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Caroline Manzo is taking legal action against Bravo over an alleged incident involving her and Brandi Glanville during production on season 4 of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.

Manzo, 62, filed a lawsuit against the network and its production companies on Friday, January 26. In the lawsuit, obtained by Us Weekly, Manzo claims Bravo would regularly push the show’s stars to drink alcohol to “cause them to become severely intoxicated, and then direct, encourage and/or allow them to sexually harass other cast members because that is for good ratings.”

It was reported in January 2023 that Manzo and Glanville, 51, left Ultimate Girls Trip filming in Morocco early after Glanville allegedly kissed Manzo multiple times without her consent.

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The lawsuit provides more details of the alleged encounter, with Manzo claiming that Glanville did not attend a sexual harassment class required of all RHUGT cast members before filming and that Bravo did not reprimand Glanville for allegedly skipping the class. Manzo states that the alleged incident began after she made a “conscious effort to be kind to Glanville” after an argument during filming.

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During the evening, Glanville allegedly “spread Manzo’s legs and leaned into Manzo,” after which Manzo moved away from her. “Glanville proceeded to kiss Manzo with a closed mouth. Glanville then kissed Manzo again. Manzo was very uncomfortable,” the docs state. “Glanville then proceeded to mount Manzo on the couch holding Manzo down with her body, forcibly squeezed Manzo’s cheeks together and thrust her tongue in Manzo’s mouth, while humping her.”

The docs state that the alleged assault brought up “dormant and horrific memories” for Manzo of a sexual assault she experienced at age 7, causing her to enter “a state of shock.”

Glanville allegedly pursued Manzo again in the bathroom by pressing “her breasts and vagina against Manzo” until Manzo was able to break free. “Defendants were more focused on the continuation of the show rather than the health and well-being of Manzo after she was sexually abused,” the docs state.

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Glanville is not listed as a defendant in the lawsuit and previously declared her innocence in a series of December 2023 tweets.

“The producers ask you to do something. And then you get in trouble for it. The producers need to follow the rules,” Glanvilleshe wrote via X at the time. “Producers may not shove the alcohol down our throats, but they sure do encourage it even in Morocco during the day where it’s illegal to drink!” Screenshots of the tweets were featured in the lawsuit docs.

Us Weekly has reached out to Bravo regarding the lawsuit. The network had no comment.

Glanville’s legal team responded to Manzo’s lawsuit in a statement to Us, writing, “Sadly, Brandi had to wake up to yet another lawsuit that includes defamatory, false accusations about her. While filming, Brandi followed what the producers asked of her, and there was no sexual assault. She is innocent of these absurd accusations that have weighed on her mental and physical health for far too long without a word of support from Peacock, Shed or Bravo.”

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The statement continued: “This painful storytelling seems endless and needs to stop. She is looking to move on and upward and get her life back.”

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In April 2023, Manzo declared that she would “never” return to the Real Housewives franchise following the alleged incident. “It was something that I was done with and happy to be done with it. I walked away for a reason,” she said during an interview on the “Two T’s in a Pod” podcast. “I always said for me to go back, it would have to be a number that was financially irresponsible to walk away from.”

Glanville, meanwhile, was hospitalized after collapsing in her home in October 2023. Earlier this month, she claimed her health issues were caused by the stress she experienced from filming RHUGT season 4 and her drama with Manzo.

Bravo has yet to officially pull the plug on season 4 of RHUGT, which also featured Vicki Gunvalson, Eva Marcille, Phaedra Parks, Camille Meyer, Alex McCord and Gretchen Rossi. Season 5, which was dubbed RHONY: Legacy, however, did start streaming on Peacock after season 3 concluded. At BravoCon in November 2023, Andy Cohen denied that season 4 had been canceled.

“There’s all this speculation about [RHUGT season 4]; Bravo jumped Legacy to the front of the line,” he told The Wrap at the time. “It’s there, it’s done and I hope everyone sees it soon.”

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If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Caroline Manzo is taking legal action against Bravo over an alleged incident involving her and Brandi Glanville during production on season 4 of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip. Manzo, 62, filed a lawsuit against the network and its production companies on Friday, January 26. In the lawsuit, obtained by Us Weekly, Manzo claims Bravo 

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Rosie Maddox: Rom-Com Wins with Best Screenplay!

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Get ready to applaud because Rosie Maddox, the creative genius behind “Wishing on Stars,” is making waves with her latest triumph as the winner of the Best Romantic Comedy Screenplay Award! Her captivating storytelling has earned her a well-deserved spotlight at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, where her heartwarming screenplay stole hearts and tickled funny bones.

From the bustling streets of Washington to the vibrant cityscape of Seattle, Rosie’s narrative prowess shines as she crafts a tale of serendipitous reunions and unexpected love. With “Wishing on Stars,” Rosie invites audiences on an enchanting journey of rediscovery, friendship, and the magic of second chances.

This isn’t just any rom-com—it’s a testament to Rosie’s innate ability to infuse depth and authenticity into her characters, making them leap off the page and into our hearts. As we eagerly await the cinematic adaptation of “Wishing on Stars,” Rosie continues to captivate audiences with her unique brand of storytelling, proving that she’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of film.

Join us in celebrating Rosie Maddox’s remarkable achievement and stay tuned for more updates as she continues to enchant us with her magical tales of laughter, love, and the endless possibilities of the human heart. Congratulations, Rosie—you’ve truly earned your place among the stars!

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“Changing Spots”: A Heartwarming Family Journey

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In “Changing Spots,” Lauren L. Owen masterfully weaves a heartwarming tale centered around Lizzie Jennings, a black anthropology student in her mid-30s, and her aging father, Walter. As Walter grapples with the challenges of living independently for the first time, Lizzie steps in to assist him, embarking on a dual mission to help her father become self-sustainable while documenting their progress for her thesis. Through candid interviews and her own camera footage, the story unfolds in a captivating mockumentary style, offering a glimpse into the tender moments and humorous mishaps that define their journey.

Owen, a trailblazing talent in the industry and the first Black or African American graduate of NYU’s MBA/MFA dual master’s degree program, brings her unique perspective to “Changing Spots.” With a remarkable background in producing, writing, and directing, including collaborations with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee and notable projects like “BlacKkKlansman” and “See You Yesterday,” Owen’s work is deeply rooted in promoting diversity both on and off the screen. Through her storytelling, she celebrates the bond between black women and their fathers, shedding light on the often overlooked narratives that resonate with audiences on a profound level.

Fun fact: Lauren Owen is also an Associate Producer for the Netflix Original Film, “See You Yesterday,” further showcasing her versatility and impact in the industry.

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As Owen shares her personal connection to the story, drawing inspiration from her own experiences and her playful sense of humor inherited from her father, she invites viewers to embrace the complexities of familial relationships and the importance of staying connected despite life’s challenges. “Changing Spots” serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring power of love, laughter, and shared moments, resonating with audiences of all backgrounds and generations.

Moreover, Owen’s exceptional talent as a writer shines through as she clinched the prestigious Best Comedy Short Screenplay Award at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, further cementing her status as a rising star in the industry. This accolade not only recognizes Owen’s remarkable storytelling skills but also underscores the universal appeal and relatability of “Changing Spots.” As audiences continue to embrace this heartwarming tale, Owen’s win serves as a testament to the enduring impact of stories that celebrate the beauty of family bonds and the journey of self-discovery.

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Explore the ‘Film Festival Submitter’s Handbook 2024,’ your ultimate guide to conquering the film festival circuit. Whether you’re a filmmaker or screenwriter, this essential resource provides practical strategies to navigate the competitive landscape of film festivals successfully. From crafting compelling titles, taglines, and synopses to creating impactful director’s and writer’s statements, this handbook equips you with the tools to shine in the festival circuit. Learn to develop effective marketing materials, including posters and trailers, and discover the importance of communication and presenting a professional package. With insights tailored to the evolving role of social media and marketing in the film industry, this handbook is your key to festival triumph. Get your copy now and embark on your journey to festival success!

 

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“A Messy Divorce” Named Finalist for Best Dark Comedy Film Award

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Award Winning Filmmaker, Phil Grishayev

Phil Grishayev, a talented filmmaker based in Los Angeles, is making waves in the comedy film scene with his uproarious short film, “A Messy Divorce.” Born and raised in Poland, Grishayev relocated to the United States in his early twenties, where his passion for storytelling and visual arts blossomed. Despite being relatively new to directing and producing, Grishayev’s creative vision and dedication have propelled him into the spotlight of the entertainment industry.

“A Messy Divorce” is not only Grishayev’s directorial debut but also a testament to his ability to breathe life into captivating narratives. The film, originally conceived as a screenplay by Grishayev’s friend Lenar Kamalov, follows the misadventures of a newly divorced couple who accidentally run over a man on the road and hilariously attempt to cover up their tracks. With its clever twists and comedic timing, “A Messy Divorce” has earned critical acclaim and audience praise alike.

Despite its humble beginnings, “A Messy Divorce” has already achieved notable success in the film festival circuit. Grishayev’s screenplay won a prestigious award at SWN, and the film was selected as an Official Entry at the Houston Comedy Festival in 2021. Now, as a finalist for the Best Dark Comedy Film Award at the esteemed Houston Comedy Film Festival, “A Messy Divorce” continues to captivate audiences with its unique blend of humor and wit.

Looking ahead, Grishayev has ambitious plans to expand “A Messy Divorce” into a full-length feature film, showcasing his commitment to storytelling and filmmaking. With his innovative approach and creative flair, Grishayev is poised to make a lasting impact on the comedy genre and beyond.

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As the anticipation builds for the Houston Comedy Film Festival, all eyes are on Phil Grishayev and “A Messy Divorce,” eagerly awaiting the announcement of the winners. In the meantime, audiences can experience the comedic brilliance of Grishayev’s work and witness the rise of a promising filmmaker in the entertainment industry.

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