Ex-View Producer Sues Rosie O'Donnell for Slander
Jennifer Brookman, who worked for the show from 2001 to 2015, filed the suit in New York state court Thursday, and accuses of O’Donnell of spreading the false accusation that Brookman was leaking information about the production, according to THR.
For example, in a January meeting attended by senior staff, O’Donnell “publicly accused Ms. Brookman of betraying professional and personal confidences and leaking certain sensitive information to the media,” the suit alleges, according to THR.
Brookman also “denies that she ever leaked any such information about the show to the media,” according to the suit.
Brookman said O’Donnell’s accusations “caused [her] to suffer intense emotional distress destroyed her professional reputation, and led to her termination of employment,” according to the suit.
The suit lists slander per se as its cause of action (or basis), according to THR.
O’Donnell’s attorney, Nicolle Jacoby, denied such claims to PEOPLE.
“The allegations that have been made by Jennifer Brookman against Rosie O Donnell are baseless and Ms. O’Donnell will defend herself vigorously in court,” she said in a statement.
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Brookman’s suit further alleges that O’Donnell believed Brookman was working with View moderator Whoopi Goldberg to undercut O’Donnell, who allegedly wanted Goldberg removed from the moderator spot.
O’Donnell is accused of becoming particularly angry when Goldberg covered the ISIS beheading of James Foley instead of her.
“At that time, Ms. O’Donnell intimidated Ms. Brookman by screaming that she ‘owned’ the story and was upset that Ms. Goldberg covered the story, and by grabbing the arms of the chair in which Ms. Brookman was sitting, leaning very close to her face and prohibiting her from leaving,” the suit alleges.
Brookman was fired from the series in March, after being suspended following an alleged confrontation with O’Donnell, according to Page Six.
“During a production meeting, Jennifer began mumbling behind Rosie, who told her, ‘If you have something to say, say it to my face!’ So Jennifer did – she laced into Rosie, and there was a shouting match,” a show source told Page Six. “Jennifer was loud, and profoundly and publicly disrespectful to Rosie.”
Brookman’s suit seeks unspecified damages, according to THR.
Attorneys for Brookman did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
• Reporting by MARIA-MERCEDES LARA