Model Sues Game Show Host Bob Barker
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A former ″Price Is Right″ model is suing host Bob Barker, alleging he forced her to have sex while she worked on the game show.
Dian Parkinson’s lawsuit, filed Monday in Superior Court, accuses the 70- year-old Barker of sexual harassment and seeks unspecified damages.
Baker had no immediate comment, but at a news conference May 26, he denied he threatened to fire the former Playboy model if she didn’t have sex with him.
Barker, a widower since 1981, said that he was involved with Parkinson from 1989 to 1991 and that she had initiated the ″little hanky-panky.″ He said he was going public because she had threatened to sue unless she got $8 million.
In her lawsuit, she said Barker required her to have oral sex with him in his dressing room about twice a week for 3 1/2 years, first by using force and later by other means of coercion. Parkinson also said she had intercourse with Barker six or eight times out of fear that she would be fired if she refused.
Parkinson, who worked for the show for 18 years, quit in 1993.
The producer of ″The Price Is Right,″ Jonathan Goodson, has said Parkinson quit because of tension between herself and other models and because she was suffering from a bleeding ulcer.
Parkinson said that her ulcer was due in part to Barker’s alleged sexual demands and that she has received $1,000 a week in hush money. Goodson said the money actually was severance pay.