Faye Dunaway’s former assistant is alleging in a lawsuit filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court that the actress was verbally abusive to him when he worked for her on the Broadway play “Tea at Five.”
Michael Rocha, who is gay, says he was hired by production to work as a personal assistant for Dunaway on April 5. His duties included shopping for the star, arranging her schedule, helping her take her medication and taking her to and from rehearsals. He also worked out of Dunaway’s East 57th Street apartment.
The lawsuit claims Dunaway “regularly and relentlessly subjected plaintiff to abusive demeaning tirades.”
Rocha alleges that on May 2 Dunaway called crew members “little gay people” and later that month called Rocha “little homosexual boy.” Rocha says he has a recording of the incident, which he turned into the general manager and general counsel.
Court documents say Rocha was fired on June 12 because Dunaway “is not comfortable with you anymore.”
Dunaway was fired from the play in July after crew members claimed she created a “hostile” and “dangerous” working environment, the New York Post reports. The play was a one-woman play, with Dunaway portraying actress Katharine Hepburn.