Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin Sued for $7M Over Role On ‘The Grinder’

An Australian script supervisor sued Alec Baldwin and others for $7 million on Wednesday claiming they orchestrated a scheme to push her out of her role on the NBC sitcom “The Grinder” to replace…

Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin Sued for $7M Over Role On ‘The Grinder’

An Australian script supervisor sued Alec Baldwin and others for $7 million on Wednesday claiming they orchestrated a scheme to push her out of her role on the NBC sitcom “The Grinder” to replace her with a “racist” white assistant.

The legal action was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by Shannon Gilbert, who worked as a script supervisor on the series, also starring Rob Lowe.

Per the lawsuit, Gilbert was let go after Baldwin, Lowe and others took issue with several lines of dialogue she was hired to supervise on the series and enlisted the help of casting agents to find the replacement to play the role of Lindsey Lake.

Also among the defendants are King & Spalding entertainment law firm, Fabrizio Golia, and Palomar Pictures LLC, the creators of the series.

Gilbert is seeking unspecified damages on the grounds of gender discrimination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and discrimination on the basis of age.

In a statement released after the lawsuit was filed, Baldwin and Lowe said that Gilbert had been dismissed voluntarily from her job and that none of their involvement had any merit.

“She had poor performance evaluations throughout her employment and the producers had urged her for several years to seek better work,” Baldwin and Lowe said in a joint statement. “Alec wasn’t involved in this decision.”

According to the legal filing, Gilbert was hired to perform scripts for eight episodes of the freshman series by Wilshire Studios, the studio that produces “The Grinder.”

Baldwin, Lowe and others noticed a pattern in the way that Gilbert handled script approval, according to the lawsuit.

“Multiple times throughout the first eight episodes of the show, [Baldwin and Lowe] objected to the way that the script supervisor described specific dialogue and the following day objected verbally to the script supervisor, through her direct supervisor, the director, and the producers, even though they knew these performers had no control over the scripts,” Gilbert’s lawyers wrote in the legal filing.

Around the same time, the suit alleges, some white employees at King & Spalding fired Gilbert because they found her “blond” and “pale,” and asked her to attend a casting session to see if she could do more regional accents.

After agreeing to be cast in an accent, Gilbert then went to a casting session at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. At that casting session, however, the lawsuit alleges that Baldwin, Lowe and others forced her to give up her original voice for a white male co-worker.

Gilbert then took “The Grinder” to The Samuel Goldwyn Company for an offering, but The Samuel Goldwyn Company ultimately rejected the opportunity, citing the fact that “their cultural values were, as is customary in Hollywood, colored by many times the darker tones,” according to the lawsuit.

Gilbert returned to Wilshire Studios the following week to finish up the remainder of her job and was immediately given the boot.

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