The “hits” from Faye Dunaway’s alleged terrorization during the Boston run of the one-woman play Tea at Five continues. The gay personal assistant who Faye allegedly harassed and berated during his time working for her during the play is suing her for going full Faye Dunaway on him.
78-year-old Faye Dunaway was recently fired from her gig playing Katharine Hepburn in Tea At Five because she was reportedly a she-devil from Hell who tore that shit UP. She slapped at people, she threw things, she dropped salads on the floor, she had people scrub her dressing room floor clean with their own toothbrushes–okay I made the last one up, they didn’t use their own toothbrushes–but you believed me, right? Because she would. Well, now she’s being accused of dropping her wrath on her gay assistant.
Page Six says that Faye’s former assistant, Michael Rocha, filed a lawsuit against her in Manhattan Supreme Court, and states that he started the job on April 5 of this year. His duties included shopping, helping her with her meds, taking her to and from the theater, and handling her schedule. He was paid $1,500 a week for all of that.
Things were rough, however. Too rough. Michael says that Faye “regularly and relentlessly subjected plaintiff to abusive demeaning tirades” and she would use his sexuality to “demean and humiliate him at work.” During one specific incident on May 2, Faye reportedly called Michael and his co-workers “little gay people.” Michael also claims she called him “a little homosexual boy,” and he says he has that comment on tape.
Michael says he reported this to the general manager and general counsel for production and gave them tape of the comment. In an email to managers, Michael wrote (via The Advocate):
“As I told you on Friday, she still thinks I’m her 24/7 servant and went off on me because I was not there yesterday afternoon or this morning doing her dishes. I worked for her 14 days straight now, and still doing my best to get her to rehearsals on time.”
Two weeks after his complaints, he was fired. He was told that Faye was “not comfortable with you anymore.”
Faye’s lawyer Jay Zimner didn’t give Page Six a comment when they asked for one. But surely he’s used to this by now? I imagine Faye gets sued every time someone gets her Starbucks order wrong. How many lattes to the face? I’m sure a couple. How many hairstylists have been stabbed in the shoulder with their own scissors? I guess being Faye’s personal assistant is like being Miranda Priestley’s assistant but instead of working at Runway, it’s Mad Max: Fury Road. And if you screw up, she will take your blood and sell it.