'The Hills' Crew Member Sues MTV for Sexual Harassment, Forced Drug Use

| by Michael Allen

Eliza Sproul, a fomer field clearance coordinator and production coordinator for the MTV reality series 'The Hills," has filed a lawsuit against the network and New Remote Productions, claiming that she was sexually harassed, pressured to smoke drugs, was denied meal and rest breaks, as well as denied overtime and other pay.

According to Sproul's suit, during a May 2010 trip to film the series in Costa Rica, she was paired with a local resident hired by MTV, Andres, who hit on her and pressured her to smoke marijuana with him.

"When Ms. Sproul returned from this trip with Andres, other employees immediately began making jokes, insinuating that the two had engaged in sexual activity," the suit reads.

Sproul also claims that the male cast members were "extremely inebriated and made crude and offensive jokes and comments throughout the car ride."

The suit claims, "Ms. Sproul's mental state began to worsen," and she began to suffer from dehydration and exhaustion. She was dropped off at a hospital in San Jose, where, according to the suit, MTV didn't bother leaving someone behind to keep an eye on her.

Sproul, who claims she was subjected to sexual harassment, a hostile work environment, wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress and other unpleasantries, is seeking lost wages, compensation for medical bills and emotional distress, and other damages.