A nurse who was sued by TV producer Aaron Spelling last year for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement has filed a lawsuit claiming he sexually harassed her.
Charlene Richards claims Spelling, 82, made sexual advances during her employment and engaged in other inappropriate behavior.
Her lawsuit was filed Thursday in Superior Court and names Spelling, his wife, Candy, and their trust fund. It seeks at least $25,000 in damages for sexual harassment and discrimination, battery, wrongful termination and other grounds.
The lawsuit also claims Richards worked unpaid overtime and never was issued tax forms by Spelling.
“There’s no merit whatsoever to this case,” Spelling’s lawyer, Bert Fields, said Friday.
The claims are “scurrilous” and “we deny every one of them,” Fields said. He claimed the lawsuit was retaliation for the Spellings’ legal action against Richards.
“Anyone who knows Mr. Spelling would know that he could not, would not and did not do any of the things that these people allege,” Fields said.
Spelling’s TV hits include “Charlie’s Angels,” “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Dynasty” and “Fantasy Island.”
Richards signed a confidentiality agreement when she began working as a home nurse for Spelling in November 2004. She was fired last April.
In November 2005, Spelling and his wife sued Richards and her lawyer for $5 million for allegedly violating a confidentiality agreement and spreading rumors that Spelling sexually harassed her.
The pending lawsuit claims the nurse threatened to reveal confidential information unless Spelling paid her “an unspecified amount” to settle her sexual harassment claims.