Three men allegedly stripped and fondled by a writer from “The Arsenio Hall Show” in a casting session filed a sexual battery complaint and a lawsuit against Paramount and the show in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday.
The suit charges scripter Lawrence Amoros with ordering actors Raul Reformina , Richard Yett and Hieu Dang to strip down during a casting call for a skit that wanted “men with small butts.”
Entitled “Buttmaster,” the comic bit was supposed to be a takeoff on the “Thighmaster” exercise commercials.
According to the suit, Amoros — who has since been sent packing from the show — asked the men to remove their undershorts, then “placed his hands on them, turning each one around, examining each of them and taking notes.”
He also allegedly touched their “buttocks and genitals, squeezing and kneading them.”
Attorney Christopher J. Olsen, repping the three thesps, said he wanted Paramount to be forced to pay whatever a jury finds fair for the degradation his clients suffered.
“They’re humiliated and embarrassed,” Olsen said. “They feel violated. Basically, a man used the color of his authority to get them in the course of this sketch to disrobe, then handled, fondled them.”
Olsen announced the lawsuit along with Reformina and Yett at a press conference outside the Par gates Thursday.
Par would only offer a curt statement about the suit.
“As soon as Paramount and ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ learned of these allegations, an investigation was conducted. Mr. Amoros has been terminated,” the statement said.
Olsen added that he’d like to send a message to the industry that this type of behavior should not be tolerated.
He said also that the “Buttmaster” skit never aired.