A new lawsuit alleges that actress Faye Dunaway repeatedly bullied her former personal assistant and called him names like “little homosexual boy.”
Michael Rocha said in Manhattan Supreme Court that he began working with the Hollywood legend as her PA for the play Tea at Five on April 5, 2019.
Faye, 78, who played Katharine Hepburn in the show about her recovery from a 1983 automobile accident, was fired from it in late July for allegedly making the production staff’s lives miserable.
Michael said that he was tasked with getting Faye her meds, arranging her schedule and getting her to and from rehearsals during his time as her PA.
He alleges that Faye “regularly and relentlessly subjected plaintiff to abusive demeaning tirades” and used his sexual orientation as a gay man to “demean and humiliate him at work,” the court papers charge.
The suit further claims that the Mommie Dearest star called Michael and other workers “little gay people” and later that month called him “a little homosexual boy,” which he says he has a recording of.
Michael reported it to the general manager and general cousel of the show and gave them the tape of the offensive comment, the suit claims.
He was fired roughly two weeks later on June 2, 2019, and was told that Faye was “is not comfortable with you anymore,” according to court documents. He was paid $1,500 a week during his time as her PA before getting the axe.
Dunaway’s lawyer Jay Zimner did not immediately provide a comment to Page Six who initially broke the story on Thursday, August 15.
Faye had a memorable snafu a couple of years back when she and Warren Beatty announced the wrong winner for Best Picture (they said La La Land when in actuality it was Moonlight) at the 2017 Academy Awards.