Rovier Carrington – great grandson of Three Stooges actor Moe Howard – is suing Viacom for US$100 million. Carrington alleges that he was raped and sexually assaulted by two former executives of the company.
The alleged offenders are the former head of Paramount Brad Gray (now deceased), and Brian Graden – a former MTV executive. Carrington claims he was raped by Gray, and that Graden offered him career opportunities in exchange for sex.
On top of this, the lawsuit also claims that Graden stole ideas from Carrington and based MTV properties off of them. The writer claims that the contact with these men resulted in him being blacklisted from Viacom and further opportunities in entertainment.
The suit claims a young Carrington had “The pedigree of a star” and these interactions and the subsequent blacklisting damaged that. After the alleged incidents with Gray, the young writer was sent a non-disclosure agreement which he refused to sign.
The detailed complaint also discusses how Carrington met Graden through a gay social media dating app, and the two began to discuss the possibilities of a reality show. Graden was not working with Viacom at the time. It’s claimed that after agreeing to have sex with Graden, Viacom ceased their blacklisting of Carrington: