The Showrunner From Hell
This showrunner/creator had one big hit but it allowed him to create some pilots and at least one middling hit.
At least one death I attribute to him.
He cast her when she had just turned 13 or 14. She talked about him when she was using drugs but never when she was sober.
She says that when he walked in for the casting for the soon to be hit network show that he asked her if she wanted the part.
She said yes.
He then told her lots of other girls wanted the part.
He then coerced her into undressing saying that all the other girls had and she didn’t have to but she wouldn’t get the job.
This ended up with her being sexually assaulted by him.
She says he did so over 100 times during the run of the show.
She talked about how he took her with him when he was casting a show that didn’t even last a season.
One person cast in the show was a woman in her early 20’s who has her own slate of horror stories about things that have happened to her.
Anyway, she was told if she wanted the job she had to sleep with the then 14 year old girl while our showrunner watched.
She did it.
She was so disgusted by that and what happened to her a couple years later when she was a guest star on a very hit network show and raped by at the time an A list mostly television actor who in the past year has been accused of it again and a guest star on another very hit network show and raped by at the time an A- list mostly television actor on the show who has also been accused of similar behavior by other women that she left the business.
Going back to our teen, she then became the “older woman” so to speak when the showrunner took her along on the casting for a middling network show.
The showrunner made our teen have sex with a girl who was maybe seven or eight at the time.
Our teen doesn’t know if the showrunner ever had sex with the girl and she isn’t talking or hasn’t yet.
She left the business right after appearing on a show which was created solely for the purpose of casting as many children as possible in one show for adults to molest and that they did for years.
That is another blind though.
As for our teen?
She got pregnant by the showrunner and was fired for it.
She was never allowed to reveal to her child who his real dad was.
Actress: Dana Plato
Showrunner: Bernie Kukoff
Diff’rent Strokes, Show that didn’t last a season: Detective School
Woman in her 20‘s: Melinda Naud
Guest star on hit network show – A list actor: Dukes of Hazzard – Tom Wopat
Guest star on hit network show – A- list actor: Happy Days – Scott Baio
Seven year old: Heidi Zeigler
Show created for casting children: Just the Ten of Us
Paternity suit against actor Wayne Rogers to continue despite his death
LOS ANGELES — A lawsuit filed against the late Wayne Rogers by a onetime actress who says the former “M*A*S*H” star fathered her son and shirked his support obligations will continue despite the actor’s death, an attorney for the woman said today.
Melinda Naud filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in August 2013 against Rogers, who died Thursday at age 82 of complications from pneumonia. Rogers played Trapper John McIntyre on the long-running CBS series.
Naud, 55, had roles on had roles on “Happy Days” and “Operation Petticoat,” alleges breach of contract, fraud, concealment and false promise. “The case brought by Melinda Naud on behalf of Wayne’s son, Luigi Calabrese, will proceed against the estate,” said Naud’s attorney, Steven Haney. Haney said a judge is scheduled to hear a motion March 10 to determine paternity. Rogers and Naud had a written agreement for support in which the actor agreed to take a paternity test within 30 days of a demand by her lawyers, according to Haney.
A demand was made on Rogers months ago, Haney said. The agreement states that if Rogers refuses or fails to take the test, he is deemed to be Calabrese’s father, according to Haney.
“We are confident that we will prevail,” Haney said.
Rogers’ attorney, Bryan Freedman, said he hopes Naud shows some discretion.
“Wayne was a fantastic actor and an incredibly smart and honorable businessman,” Freedman said. “Let’s hope that this plaintiff understands decency.”
According to the complaint, Naud and Rogers met at a celebrity tennis tournament in 1978 and began a relationship that lasted until 1985, when she became pregnant with their son.
The suit alleges Rogers, who was married since 1988 to Amy Hirsch, “hid his relationship with Naud and his son’s existence from his wife … and pretended as if his son did not exist.”
“Rogers also begged Naud to keep their son’s identity a secret as Rogers explained that his wife Hirsch would go crazy if she knew he had a child, as Hirsch desperately wanted a child, but could not as Rogers had a vasectomy before his marriage with her,” the plaintiff claims. – Read more here