Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham Reaches Settlement With Viacom, Drops $5M 'Sex-Shamed' Lawsuit
Farrah Abraham and Viacom are reconciling their differences out of the courtroom with a settlement on the lawsuit filed by the reality star last February.
Abraham, Viacom Reach Amicable Settlement
Abraham, 26, filed a $5 million lawsuit against Viacom in February, saying the company fired her from Teen Mom OG for not conforming to gender stereotypes. She also claimed harassment from executive producer Morgan J. Freeman.
Now, the two parties have reached a settlement that has been described as amicable, People reports.
"I'm happy Viacom wanted to settle and I'm thrilled with the outcome," Abraham says. "I did the right thing by filing a lawsuit. I honestly felt that if I didn't stand firm I would have regretted it my entire life and I would have thought my entire life 'I should have sued!'"
The single mom of 8-year-old Sophia adds that she's glad since the reality stage is where she found success and made history a few times, saying her work with MTV ended on the highest note.
The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
The lawsuit claimed that Freeman and the production crew "harassed, humiliated, discriminated against, disrespected, ridiculed, degraded, and sex shamed Ms. Abraham for her recent decision to pursue opportunities in the adult entertainment industry," a documents obtained by The Blast revealed.
Since releasing a sex tape in 2013 with porn actor James Dean, Abraham has been active in adult entertainment with her endorsement of sex toys and appearances in adult webcams and strip clubs.
The Teen Mom executive producer also allegedly threatened Abraham about sabotaging her career, leading her to fear for her life.
Freeman reportedly confronted her at her residence in Texas in October 2017.
After the confrontation, the Teen Mom OG production terminated her employment from the show.
As a response, Abraham sued Viacom for emotional pain, emotional suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and other damages. She also included gender discrimination, a hostile work environment, and being owed money from her contract.
"I am here to make a change for the LGBT and female community at large, and I'm proud I stay true to my identity as a business entrepreneur, reality star, and single mother," she states, according to E! Online. "I am a business women and female Celebrity leader who will not be shamed or discriminated against by Viacom, MTV, my peers as it's illegal for me to do the same to them."
Although a settlement has been reached, the company has previously denied the reality star's allegations.
"We respect Farrah's decision to pursue other endeavors and we wish her the best," a Viacom spokesperson tells Us Weekly after the allegations were made public. "Regarding her suit, the claims are without merit."