UPDATE: In reaction to the story reports earlier, a Bravo spokesperson stated, “Bravo has not seen a copy of the complaint, but we believe these claims have no merit."
EARLIER: Who would have thought that a show dubbed "the Persian Jersey Shore" would have any sort of dysfunction attached to it? News on the yet-to-air reality series Shahs of Sunset is that castmember Kathy Salem is filing a lawsuit against Ryan Seacreast and his production company, who are behind the show, for undergoing physical and emotional abuse on set, and for being misled and defrauded regarding the contract details by the show's staff.
Salem's story is as follows: during a party event filmed for Shahs of Sunset, Salem was "verbally abused and physically assaulted." An individual present at the party attempted to rip her dress off, and another castmember, known as Reza, threw a glass of water in Salem's face. Additionally, Salem claims that she was only made privy to part of the contract agreements that she signed for the show.
So, this is either a bad sign for Seacrest's show (who knows what effect this will have on production?) or a great one (controversy does equate to ratings). Salem is fighting to prevent any footage of her in the show from airing, and is reaching for at least $100,000 in damages.
Shahs of Sunset will air Feb. 2012 on Bravo.