Washington: Sharon Stone’s former live-in nanny has sued the actress for making racially derogatory comments around her and for violating labour laws.
The 54-year-old actress, through a publicist, called the move “an absurd lawsuit that has been filed by a disgruntled ex-employee.”
Erlinda T. Elemen, a Filipino woman who worked as Stone’s live-in housekeeper and nanny for five years, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, in Los Angeles Superior Court blaming Stone for various offences, ABC News reported.
According to the papers filed in the court, Elemen claimed that she was asked not to speak to Stone’s children because Stone did not want them to pick up her Filipino accent. Elemen added that Stone criticized her for attending church and at one point even forbade her to read the Bible in the house.
Elemen has alleged that the ‘Basic Instinct’ star withheld overtime payment from her.
When Elemen brought it up, she claimed Stone paid her the wages but accused her of stealing, berated her in front of guests, and eventually fired her for accepting the overtime pay.
The nanny is seeking an unspecified amount of unpaid wages, damages and penalties.
Through her publicist, Paul Bloch, Stone said Elemen “is obviously looking to get money any way she can. After she was terminated approximately 1 and a half years ago, she filed claims for alleged disability and workers compensation. Now, she is obviously looking for another opportunity to cash in. This is a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made-up and fabricated. Sharon Stone will be completely vindicated in court.”