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On the next Maury: Porn, booze, affairs claims

'Maury Povich Show' employee's suit alleges sexual harassment
Maury Povich, with his wife, Connie Chung, is a target of a sexual harassment lawsuit.


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NEW YORK (CNN) -- A producer for "The Maury Povich Show" says in a $100 million lawsuit filed this week that she was made to disrobe on tape and that the video was then shown in a New York City bar.

The suit, filed in New York's state Supreme Court, also alleges that an affair between Povich and another producer created a hostile work environment.

Povich, a 40-year television veteran, has been married to news anchor Connie Chung for 22 years. The couple is host of a weekend talk show on MSNBC called "Weekends with Maury and Connie."

The plaintiff, Bianca Nardi, 28, of Brooklyn, has worked for Povich's nationally syndicated talk show for six years, according to the complaint.

In the complaint, Nardi names Povich, executive producer Paul Faulhaber, senior producer Donna Ingber, senior producer Vincent Fusco, MoPo Productions and NBC Universal, which distributes the daytime talk show.

In a statement, NBC Universal said: "We do not believe that Ms. Nardi was a victim of unlawful sexual harassment and intend to defend this lawsuit vigorously. NBC Universal is committed to maintaining a workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment."

Multiple calls Tuesday to attorney Gary Rosen -- who is representing Povich, MOPO Productions, Faulhaber, Ingber and Fusco -- were not returned.

Nardi alleges that an affair between Povich and Ingber, who also is married, afforded Ingber special treatment that Faulhaber and Fusco resented. The two expressed their frustrations by sexually harassing Nardi and other women working for the show, the lawsuit states.

The work environment became a place "where hostility, intimidation, humiliation, ridicule, sexual harassment, as well as alcohol use, was explicit, rampant, pervasive and was condoned and acquiesced to by the defendants," except Ingber, according to the lawsuit.

Faulhaber is the primary focus of the suit, as Nardi alleges that the executive producer ordered her to undress for a video. The video also was aired on the cable television show "Talk Soup," Nardi claims in the complaint.

The suit also claims Faulhaber made Nardi wear short skirts and low-cut blouses, Reuters reported, adding that the suit also alleges that Nardi was forced to wear hidden cameras to "secretly videotape married men agreeing to have sex with her."

According to The Associated Press, the complaint also alleges that Faulhaber made her watch pornography with him.

Court papers say that Nardi had to endure late-night phone calls from Ingber, who would chat, sometimes drunkenly, about her affairs with Povich and other men she was secretly seeing, the AP reported.

Bruce Baron, Nardi's attorney, said that the media attention surrounding the case has forced people "out of the woodwork" who are supporting his client's claims.

The attorney told the AP that Nardi has gained about 45 pounds because of the stress she has endured and is undergoing psychiatric treatment.

Nardi is on temporary medical leave from the show, her lawyer Bruce Baron told the AP.

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