Steve Harvey has been sued for harassment by a fitness model following what she would describe as an embarrassing appearance on his show in 2016.
The comedian, who hosts popular game show Family Feud, as well as his own show Steve (Formerly Steve Harvey), has been slapped with a lawsuit by Dominique Collier, who claims Harvey had her dress more provocatively than she wanted to on said show, and that resulted in a fair amount vitriol being thrown her way.
According to TMZ, Collier is suing Harvey, NBC Universal, and their production company Endemol Shine for $2 million, having appeared on Steve Harvey two years ago, where she was subjected to name-calling and criticism from the audience. She is also claiming that some of her photos were altered in order to make her look less demure.
Collier says that she was cast to appear on Harvey’s show after responding to a call for “single professional women who like to show off their looks.” She explained she was made to believe that the episode would depict a professional single mother who is also a fitness model, but that wasn’t what happened at all.
In her suit, the model claims to have shown up wearing a long-sleeved blouse and pencil skirt but was made to change into a "halter top and form-fitting skirt." And according to documents obtained by TMZ, she also revealed that the audience voted on her looks during a segment of the show, with a section responding with the use of terms such as "whore," "slut," "ratchet," and "daddy issues."
That part wasn't aired, however, due to her sending in a cease and desist letter to the show to have the audience poll removed prior to its broadcast.
Collier says that she felt degraded and even cried backstage when Harvey handed her the clothes and undergarments that she came wearing. She has declared she felt like she was sexually harassed and she's now seeking $2 million for her troubles.
To date, Harvey's reps - who have been contacted by TMZ - have declined comment on the matter. But some would say that it was about time the comedian got sued by a model after his blunder during the Miss Universe Pageant in 2015 when he named the wrong contestant as the winner.