"Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham is alleging in a lawsuit that a TV executive and his production crew, who were shooting an MTV reality show about her life in Austin, wrongfully fired and "sex shamed" her because of her work in adult entertainment.
The civil lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday seeks $5 million in damages and names executive Morgan J. Freeman, production companies New Remote Productions Inc. and Eleventh Street Productions Inc., and MTV parent company Viacom as defendants.RELATED: ‘Teen Mom’ star sells Austin-area home
Abraham’s suit accuses Freeman and the production crew of breach of contract, harassment and wrongful termination "because she did not conform to gender stereotypes," and says they retaliated against her because she complained about the harassment.
They "harassed, humiliated, discriminated against, disrespected, ridiculed, degraded, and sex shamed Ms. Abraham for her recent decision to pursue opportunities in the adult entertainment industry," the suit says.
Viacom denied any wrongdoing in a statement, adding "we respect Farrah's decision to pursue other endeavors and we wish her the best. Regarding her suit, the claims are without merit."RELATED: Abraham opens yogurt shop in Lakeway
Abraham, 26, had been fired from the show, "Teen Mom OG," in October. The suit describes a confrontation between Abraham and Freeman at her Austin-area home in which "threats were made against Ms. Abraham by Freeman about ending her career with MTV and sabotaging future deals Ms. Abraham had in place with MTV, and defaming her."
"Given Freeman's hostile tone, mannerisms and body language, Ms. Abraham feared for her life," the lawsuit says. The next day, Abraham announced that she had been fired.