Andy Cohen files to dismiss Leah McSweeney's lawsuit and calls her allegations ... trends now

Andy Cohen files to dismiss Leah McSweeney's lawsuit and calls her allegations ... trends now

Andy Cohen has filed to have Leah McSweeney's lawsuit against him dismissed. 

The former Real Housewives of New York City star, 41, is suing the Bravo network and Cohen, 55, for alleged discrimination and a hostile work environment, and claims a 'rotted' work culture pressured cast members to consume alcohol.  

According to People, Cohen asked a judge to dismiss McSweeney's claims, calling her allegations 'threadbare' and stating that they should be 'dismissed as a matter of law'. 

Cohen's filing says that McSweeney's allegations, 'impermissibly seek to abridge Defendants’ First Amendment rights to tailor and adjust the messages they wish to convey in their creative works, including through cast selection and other creative decisions'.

The filing continues, 'Whatever messages Defendants "communicate or intended to communicate" with their shows is protected by the First Amendment.

Andy Cohen has filed to have Leah McSweeney's lawsuit against him dismissed

Andy Cohen has filed to have Leah McSweeney's lawsuit against him dismissed

The former Real Housewives of New York City star, 41, is suing the Bravo network and Cohen, 55, for alleged discrimination and a hostile work environment among other issues

The former Real Housewives of New York City star, 41, is suing the Bravo network and Cohen, 55, for alleged discrimination and a hostile work environment among other issues 

'Judicial intervention into casting decisions for expressive works impermissibly regulate[s] [Defendants’] right to alter the content of the story [they] tell —or choose not to tell.'

Cohen also denied McSweeney's allegations that she had experienced discrimination, citing Title VII and the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) by stating that they had surpassed the statue of limitations. 

McSweeney's lawyer, Adelman-Matz co-founder Sarah Matz, responded with a statement.

'We do not agree that the motion has merit — it mostly argues for dismissal on technical grounds essentially saying that Defendants were allowed to discriminate against Ms. McSweeney — not that they did not do it,' they said.

'To agree with the Defendants would be to essentially say that the creative industries are not subject to anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws and that networks could engage in discrimination and retaliation with impunity, which is not the law.'

McSweeney, who is now sober, spoke about going up against a 'powerful entity' like Bravo while appearing on the "Addiction Talk podcast back in March.  

She said that though the lawsuit has caused blowbacks it doesn't matter because 'this is the truth, you know? And I have it on my side.' 

Cohen asked a judge to dismiss McSweeney's claims, calling her allegations 'threadbare' and stating that they should be 'dismissed as a matter of law'

Cohen asked a judge to dismiss McSweeney's claims, calling her allegations 'threadbare' and stating that they should be 'dismissed as a matter of law'

Cohen also denied McSweeney's allegations that she had experienced discrimination

Cohen also denied McSweeney's allegations that she had experienced discrimination

'As hard as it is to be going up against a very powerful entity, and for people to maybe also just not agree with me or you know, come at me and get blowback and all the things, I don't care, because this is the truth, you know?' she shared.

'And my intentions are really good. And I check myself all the time about that,' the star added.

The former RHONY star added that she's doing 'great' all things considered.

'I'm leaning into my program, and my meetings, and my sober friends, and my regular friends that are not sober but are amazing,' she shared.

'And I use thing things that I learned in recovery about intention and about taking inventory. And I'm in a really good place right now.'

'It's taken a long time to get here. It's a journey and it's not linear.'

'The thing I've learned is to have a healthy fear of your addiction. And you can never feel like it's that far away. Because it's not.'

'I have a very healthy fear of my addiction and my alcoholism. But I'm doing good.'

Later she added, 'Even when you're in a really good place, it still hurts. It's still not an enjoyable experience to have people coming at you, or be dealing with the situation that I'm in.' 

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