Price Is Right model wins suit

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A former model on the game show, "The Price Is Right," has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination and sexual harassment.

Lanisha Cole states in a civil complaint, filed Wednesday, that show producers -- Michael G. Richards and Adam Sandler -- continually humiliated and berated her in front of her peers.

The production company, Fremantle Media North America, is also named in the lawsuit.

Cole, who first started working on the show in 2003, says the alleged mistreatment began in December 2009. That's when, the suit states, Richards suddenly stopped speaking to Cole for no reason and began favoring another model with whom he was involved in a relationship.

According to court papers, Richards implemented new policies in order to limit her modeling work on the show and also engaged in abusive behavior.

In September 2010, Cole says Sandler burst into her dressing room without knocking and reprimanded her in front of her peers as she stood wearing only a "very sheer thong bikini underwear bottom," Cole's attorney, Solomon Gresen, told The Los Angeles Times.

"This case is about senior-level men in the entertainment industry exploiting power and control over women by bullying and harassing female talent," Gresen said. "Ms. Cole did nothing to provoke Richards and Sandler. Once the harassment began, she was powerless to stop it."

Cole says in the lawsuit that she complained to management and continued to be treated unfairly.

She has not been with the show since 2010.

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