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Victoria Rowell Files Amended Suit Against CBS and Sony

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015 9:52 PM EDT
Despite her lawsuit against CBS and Sony Pictures Television being dismissed by a judge last month, former "The Young and the Restless" actress Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters) has officially filed an amended complaint against the two companies citing retaliation and discrimination. "We'll vigorously prosecute claims," said Rowell on Twitter.
On Wednesday, August 12, former "American Idol" contestant and "The Bold and the Beautiful" alum Constantine Maroulis (ex-Constantine Parros) was arrested for allegedly kicking the mother of his child in the groin, reports TMZ. "The mother of Constantine's 4-year-old daughter called 911 from their home in Wyckoff, New Jersey claiming he threw her to the ground and kicked her in the groin," the website cites a law enforcement source as saying.
After pleading guilty to vehicular assault (a fourth-degree felony) and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (a first-degree misdemeanor) in December, following an October 2014 car accident that left himself and girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, injured, "Days of our Lives" star Freddie Smith (Sonny Kiriakis) appeared in an Ohio court earlier today as a judge handed down their ruling. Smith was sentenced to three days in jail, given two years probation and received a one year license suspension.
Victoria Rowell, who portrayed Drucilla Winters on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for the better part of two decades, is suing the network, Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company and Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc., producers of the daytime drama series, reports Deadline, for what her suit alleges is the result of Rowell being "impoverished and blackballed because she had chosen to speak out against the discrimination and injustice that she had endured and witnessed happen to other African Americans."
It seems as if soap opera writers are penning Crystal Hunt’s life: The actress — who’s known in the soap world as “Guiding Light’s” Lizzie Spaulding and “One Life to Live’s” Stacy Morasco — was recently slapped with three years probation and 45 days of community service work after a 2013 bar brawl in which she threw a glass at another woman. And now, that woman — revealed to be Elizabeth Nam — is suing the actress, claiming that her injuries killed her future baby!
The last year for former “One Life to Live” actor Sean Ringgold (ex-Shaun Evans) has unfolded almost as if his real life is a daytime soap opera: First, the actor-turned-bodyguard was accused of sexual abuse and rape, and now he’s finally putting the ordeal to rest after a New Jersey court cleared him of the serious charges.
As Soap Opera Network previously reported, former “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live” star Crystal Hunt (ex-Lizzie Spaulding; ex-Stacy Morasco) was facing up to four years in prison after allegedly attacking a woman in a West Hollywood bar in December of 2013, but a sentencing in court on Friday, October 17, left her with a much lesser punishment for the crime: Three years of formal probation and 45 days working for the California Department of Transportation.
As we reported yesterday, Prospect Park Networks — the company behind the online re-launch of soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And as news of the latest PPN vs. ABC twist spread, further details were revealed: The production company reportedly owes ABC $1.7 million, and it also owes some big name actors large sums of money, as well!
The multi-million dollar battle between Prospect Park and ABC over “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” isn’t the only soap opera drama the Los Angeles courts have been dealing with as of late: Apparently, Prospect Park co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz has taken his own company to court over non-compete clauses!
In a bizarre twist of modern family drama, Shanelle Gray (ex-Gaby Moreno, “The Bold and the Beautiful;” ex-Sarah “Flash” Roberts, “One Life to Live”) may be losing custody of her... sister. Yep, that’s right: Seven months ago, the former soap opera actress gained custody of her little sister, “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy), after their mother, Chrisoula Workman, was accused of alleged physical and emotional abuse toward the 15-year-old. But now, Workman has asked the courts to re-examine their decision!