Victoria Rowell, who played Drucilla Winters on The Young And The Restless, has leaked the names of her former co-stars who allegedly made her life terrible while on the daytime drama.
In a TMZ report just out, Rowell wants to get back on Y&R even though she claims the executives and co-stars are racist. She left the hit CBS soap in 2007 due to alleged discrimination.
Among Victoria Rowell’s allegations, she claimed that Melody Thomas Scott — who portrays Nikki Newman — mocked her for her Afro-style wig. She Knows explains that according to Rowell, Scott “ran onto the set dancing wildly and wearing an over-sized Afro wig to mock my Afro-styled hair that day.”
Michelle Stafford — who played Phyllis Newman — “spat on me on set, called me a ‘freak’ then screamed, ‘no one here likes you.’ Ms. Stafford later publicly admitted that she did so in collaboration with the white director, Noel Maxam, and then-producer, Edward Scott.”
Rowell said she was told by Peter Bergman — the actor who plays Jack Abbott — that she was “unstable,” and he “physically threatened” her on the set.
The former Y&R actress said no one suffered any “negative repercussions.”
Rowell reportedly wanted to pursue a writing or producer position on The Young and the Restless, but no one on staff was black until 2010.
As previously reported by Inquisitr, Victoria Rowell filed a lawsuit against CBS and Sony over the lack of African-Americans both on-screen and behind-the-scenes.
“This is a profound moment for me as an African American woman, who wishes to continue to live the American dream. I always advocated for myself and was taught to do so after 18 years in foster care, and I advocated for others and was taught to do so. So, this is not about me, this is about myself and many, many African Americans who have been denied the right to perform in front of and behind the camera, specifically on Young and Restless.“
In a CBS Soaps In-Depth interview at the time, Rowell described the entire soap opera genre as being “against her” as she speaks out.
“It is an incestuous industry, and it has retaliated against me,” Rowell said.
Interestingly enough, Rowell brought up former co-star, Kristoff St. John — who played her husband, Neil Winters. She said that he gets paid far less money on Y&R compared to the lead actors who are white.
Is there any chance in this situation that Victoria Rowell will be re-hired on The Young and the Restless?
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