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‘Darkish Secrets and techniques,’ ‘Psychological Warfare,’ and Cocaine

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Ms. McSweeney mentioned on the video name that she had determined to take part in “Housewives of New York Metropolis” as a result of she thought it will be an ideal alternative. However as soon as she joined the solid, she mentioned, echoing her criticism, “Each single factor that was mentioned to me was coded language for, ‘You higher drink.’”

“I knew that there was going to be drama and preventing, after all,” she mentioned. “You already know persons are going to like you generally, they’re going to hate you generally — you already know you’re going to be considerably objectified and also you’re there to entertain, et cetera. I simply didn’t know that the company and the producers and the community additionally type of seemed on the girls in the identical approach because the viewers does. I believed we’d be just a little bit extra humanized by them.”

Ms. McSweeney, after showing within the twelfth and thirteenth seasons of “Housewives of New York Metropolis,” didn’t return for the present’s 14th season. However after filming “Housewives,” she joined the solid of a by-product, “The Actual Housewives Final Women Journey,” for its third season, which aired final 12 months. She was sober whereas filming the present, episodes of which confirmed solid members encouraging her to drink.

“I used to be actually hoping for the most effective,” she mentioned of her choice to hitch the “Final Women Journey” solid. “I had had a number of discussions with a number of community executives who knew how I felt, and so they mentioned that this was going to be enjoyable.”

Ms. McSweeney’s lawsuit got here weeks after Caroline Manzo, a former star of “The Actual Housewives of New Jersey,” filed a swimsuit towards Bravo and different events in January alleging that she had been sexually harassed and assaulted by a fellow solid member whereas filming an installment of “Final Women Journey.” Bravo has not commented on that lawsuit.

Final summer season, Bethenny Frankel, one other former “Housewives of New York” solid member, called for actuality stars to unionize to be able to enhance their working situations. In August, two leisure attorneys, Bryan Freeman and Mark Geragos, wrote a authorized letter addressed to Kimberley Harris, the final counsel at NBCUniversal, accusing Bravo of “grotesque and wicked mistreatment” on behalf of “a number of present and former solid members and crew members on a few of NBC’s most profitable actuality exhibits.”