Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway called her assistant “a little homosexual boy” before firing him for reporting the incident, according to a lawsuit filed at the New York Supreme Court on Thursday.
Michael Rocha alleges that Dunaway discriminated against him while working on the play Tea at Five because he is gay. When he reported the harassment, he was let go, he says.
As a personal assistant, Rocha was charged with managing Dunaway’s schedule, making sure she took her medications, and accompanying her to and from meetings. But things turned sour in early May after she started calling employees “little gay people,” per the complaint obtained by NewNowNext.
Rocha says he was so humiliated by the comment he reported it to Ben Feldman, the play’s general counsel. On May 26, Dunaway allegedly called Rocha “a little homosexual boy.” Rocha claims he reported the remark to the show’s general manager, Joseph Guglielmo, and then again to Feldman.
“She still thinks I’m her 24-7 servant and went off on me because I was not there yesterday afternoon or this morning doing her dishes,” Rocha claims in the suit. “I worked for her 14 days straight now, and [was] still doing my best to get her to rehearsals on time.”
Two weeks later he was fired from his $1,500-a-week job because Dunaway was uncomfortable with him, he claims.
NewNowNext has reached out to both Rocha and his attorney Simon Ramone, but both have declined to comment further on the lawsuit. Dunaway could not be reached for comment.