It had to happen:
(HOLLYWOOD - Aessociated Press) Comedienne Ruth Buzzi is suing Arte Johnson for 140 counts of sexual battery, committed weekly from 1967-1973 on NBC network primetime television. The suit is alleging stalking, harassment, criminal conduct, and is also suing hosts Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, and NBC Television for conspiracy to commit all of the above.
Buzzi's attorney, Gloria Allwet, is asking for $140M in damages, a public apology, 50% ownership of NBC, Lakers courtside tickets, and they also want Rowan, dead since 1985, and Martin, dead since 2008, dug up and evicted from their current resting places because of #Me2,000,002.
"Ruth is 82, and she's maintained her silence and shame for far too long. She has deep mental scars from the show's rape culture, sexism, and rampant misogyny, and she's tired of living with the damage of all those years of abuse, when she only won a Golden Globe, five Emmy nominations, and helped establish groundbreaking comedic roles for women in television like co-stars Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, and Joanne Worley. That's not enough anymore. This isn't really about the money, so we feel a paltry sum like $140M, a mere $1M per assault, is simply a reasonable amount to ask NBC to cough up after Ruth was forced to live with the shame of a decade of unbridled comedic success and worldwide fame, at the expense of her self respect.
And if we wait much longer, she may die, and then I can't collect my piece of the pork, er, settlement. The case is expected to go to trial as soon as judge-shopping discovers a judge amenable to burning up the rule of law up with a flamethrower, in favor of undermining jurisprudence to achieve victory for a ridiculous agenda."