The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is currently experiencing a healthy level of growth due to the rising viewership of some of the cable channel’s successful shows, such as Greenleaf and Queen Sugar.
This means more revenue for the television empire of the so-called “Queen of all Media.” However, as the lyrics from the old-school, Bad Boy Records-produced smash hit went; with more money comes more problems.
According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper, there has indeed been a serious problem lodged in the direction of woman named Nakisha Gowen, an OWN staff supervisor. Gowen is in the hot seat after being accused of $exual assault, harassment and other lewd acts.
A woman named Rebecca Taylor (a former OWN employee) just filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against OWN and Gowen, which alleges $exual assault, harassment, gender discrimination, and even pregnancy discrimination.
According to court documents, Taylor was “mortified and humiliated” by Gowen after a series of demoralizing incidents. Gowen is accused of constantly “discuss[ing] sexual topics in meetings” and even “simulating that she was squeezing [Taylor’s] breasts.”
Taylor started working for OWN in November 2010. She claims that Gowen has engaged in unwanted antagonistic behavior towards her since the early days of her employment at the cable television network. Taylor is seeking an undisclosed amount of damages in her lawsuit.
This case has created a public relations nightmare for OWN. However, like any major corporation, OWN has a legal team in place, which is prepared to fight in court on the company’s behalf. At press time, it was not yet clear if Gowen had lost her job as an OWN staff supervisor over the inflammatory allegations she is facing.
There have been no public statements released by an OWN spokesperson regarding this case. Taylor has also claimed in her lawsuit that OWN’s senior management team did nothing to stop the alleged barraged of attacks against her at the hands of Gowen.