Sharon Stone sued by ex-nanny, who claims harassment over religion, ethnicity
Sharon Stone has been sued for alleged harassment and wrongful termination by her children's former nanny, who claims the actress made "derogatory comments" about her Filipino heritage, was "verbally dismissive" of her religious beliefs and even forbade her to read the Bible in her room.
Stone's spokesperson called the lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday, May 23, "absurd" and said the 54-year-old actress will be "completely vindicated in court."
In the lawsuit, obtained by OnTheRedCarpet, the woman, Erlinda T. Elemen, says she worked for Stone from October 2006 to February 2011. She says she was initially hired as an assistant nanny of Stone's young sons - Roan, Laird and Quinn - and was in 2008 promoted to head nanny.
Elemen says that from about August 2010, she was "repeatedly subjected to numerous derogatory comments and slurs" by the actress "related to her Filipino ethnicity and heritage" as well as her accent. She says Stone told her to avoid speaking to the children because she did not want them to sound like her.
She said Stone made "comments about Filipino food and comments which equated being Filipino with being stupid." Elemen also said that Stone was "repeatedly verbally dismissive" of her religious beliefs, criticized her for attending church frequently and during once instance, "forbade" her from reading the Bible in her room in the home.
Elemen says that in January 2011, a month before she was terminated, Stone accused her of "stealing" by being paid overtime during several occasions and demanded she return the extra money. The woman says she is legally entitled to the pay. She says Stone docked her hours and salary and then "began to repeatedly berate" her in front of other staff members and guests for three weeks.
"This is an absurd lawsuit that has been filed by a disgruntled ex-employee who is obviously looking to get money any way she can," Stone's spokesperson told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a statement. "After she was terminated approximately 1 1/2 years ago, she filed claims for alleged disability and workers compensation. Now, she is obviously looking for another opportunity to cash in."
"This is a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made-up and fabricated," the statement added. "Sharon Stone will be completely vindicated in court."
Elemen says she "suffered and will continue to suffer several physical and mental anguish and emotional distress," has incurred medical expenses as a result of her ordeal and is seeking general and compensatory damages and a jury trial.