Stars Support Andy Cohen Against McSweeney's Cocaine Accusations

Bravo Celebrities Rally Around Cohen Amid Controversial Lawsuit

by Zain ul Abedin
Stars Support Andy Cohen Against McSweeney's Cocaine Accusations
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In a striking display of solidarity, prominent figures within the Bravo network are stepping up to support Andy Cohen in light of serious accusations from Leah McSweeney, a former star of "The Real Housewives of New York City." McSweeney has ignited controversy with a lawsuit alleging that Cohen, a key executive producer for the network, indulged in cocaine use with select members of the "Housewives" franchise.

Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi, a familiar face from "Shahs of Sunset," humorously commented on her numerous appearances on Cohen's show "Watch What Happens Live!" (WWHL), stating she was only ever offered "a good wholesome time," implicitly denying any substance use.

Her message was clear: "Leave Andy alone!" Echoing Gharachedaghi's sentiment, "Real Housewives of Dubai" star Chanel Ayan humorously remarked on the absurdity of the situation, emphasizing the need to give Cohen space. In her view, the current climate makes it challenging to trust friendships without fearing betrayal over unfounded claims.

"Real Housewives of Miami" personality Guerdy Abraira shared her positive encounters with Cohen, highlighting his hospitality and dispelling any notions of inappropriate behavior on his part. Luann de Lesseps, another "RHONY" alum, voiced her confidence in Cohen's character, firmly stating that coercion, especially regarding substance use, is not in his nature.

She stressed that personal choices, such as consuming alcohol, are ultimately up to the individual, a principle she adheres to on her sobriety journey.

Stars Defend Cohen

Dorinda Medley, reflecting on her time with "RHONY," expressed sympathy for Cohen amidst the allegations and questioned McSweeney's motives, considering her return to the franchise spin-off, "The Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip." Cynthia Bailey, from "Real Housewives of Atlanta," also defended Cohen, doubting the credibility of the drug use claims.

These endorsements come in the wake of McSweeney's lawsuit, which not only accuses Cohen of drug use but also alleges that he and the Bravo network exploited her alcohol dependency for ratings and overlooked s-xually predatory conduct within the show's environment.

McSweeney, seeking unspecified damages, claims she was pressured to drink on camera, leading to attempts to provoke her into a meltdown when she resisted. Despite the gravity of these allegations, a spokesperson for Cohen has categorically denied the claims, labeling them as "completely false." Cohen, maintaining his professional demeanor, was recently spotted proceeding with his work commitments, seemingly unaffected by the legal storm brewing around him.

His appearance at the "RHOP Season 8 reunion" taping, captured by Page Six, underscores his commitment to moving forward amidst the controversy.