A former employee of actress Sharon Stone filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the star of various forms of harassment and wrongful termination.
According to a press release, Erlinda T. Elemen spent five years working for Stone as a housekeeper and live-in nanny. She claims her Filipino ethnicity and heritage were repeatedly insulted by Stone who would tell Elemen not to speak to her children because she didn’t want them to learn to “talk like you.”
Elemen also claims that Stone - an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church - had no respect for her religious beliefs, and at one point even forbid the woman from reading a bible in her house.
Stone reportedly fired the woman a year and a half ago after learning she had been paid overtime for hours worked, but refused to pay it back.
Stone’s publicist issued a statement to Hollyscoop, vehemently denying the allegations, “This is an absurd lawsuit that has been filed by a disgruntled ex-employee who is obviously looking to get money any way she can… This is a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made-up and fabricated. Sharon Stone will be completely vindicated in court.”
Regardless of the outcome of the suit, it can’t be good press for the star…. Of course if she rose above the PR nightmare that ensued after her comments regarding the 2008 Sichuan earthquake (that killed 68,000 people) as possibly being a result of bad karma – she can certainly put this one woman’s issues with her managerial style behind her.