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Faye Dunaway Sued for Allegedly Calling Her Assistant a 'Little Homosexual Boy'

By Daniel Goldblatt

Faye Dunaway's former assistant is suing the screen legend, claiming he was fired after he complained to the producers of her Broadway show that she was berating him because of his sexual orientation.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Michael Rocha claims he was hired on April 5, 2019 to work as Dunaway's assistant while she worked on the play "Tea at Five." Dunaway was eventually fired from the play.

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Rocha claims his responsibilities included: making sure she took her medication, arranging and managing her travel schedule and meetings, and accompanying her to and from rehearsals.

In the lawsuit, Rocha claims he was regularly on the receiving end of "abusive demeaning tirades" from Dunaway. On one occasion, Rocha claims Dunaway referred to him and other employees as "Little gay people."

Rocha says he informed the producer that day about the comment.

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A few days later, Rocha claims Dunaway again berated him, this time calling him "a little homosexual boy."

Rocha claims he told the lawyer for the play and the general manager about what happened but nothing was done. He claims to even have the incident on video.

About two weeks later, Rocha claims he was fired and was told that Dunaway "os not comfortable with you anymore."

Rocha claims he had no disciplinary history and believes he was fired in retaliation for reporting Dunaway's allegedly discriminatory behavior.

He is suing Dunaway, the play, a producer and the lawyer for retaliation and discrimination.

Rocha is seeking unspecified damages.

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