Steve Harvey: Accused of Harassing, Stalking, Bullying Essie Berry
Family Feud host Steve Harvey’s ex-wife is suing him for a slew of things including torture and “soul murdering.”
He is also being sued by the widow of a famous actress.
She accuses Harvey of harassing, bullying, and stalking her — among other things.
Essie Berry is the widow of the late Fred “Rerun” Berry, an actor and street dancer best known for his role as Rerun on What’s Happening?
RadarOnline reports that, in March, Essie filed a lawsuit against Steve Harvey. She is seeking $ 5 million.
She is suing him for damage to her reputation, harassment, witness intimidation, and infliction of mental anguish and emotional distress.
Harvey is denying it all.
In fact, he is alleging that Essie and his ex-wife, Mary Vaughn, are conspiring together in a “quixotic campaign” to take him down.
“From 2013 to August 2018,” the affidavit reads. “The Defendant and known affiliates have harassed, bullied, stalked, silenced, threatened, and intimidated Ms. Berry.”
This has included Harvey allegedly having people post threats against her on YouTube and other sites, resulting in a loss of potential income.
“Furthermore,” the affidavit continues. “The Defendant went at great lengths to make Ms. Berry’s life a living hell.”
“The Defendant manipulated media and entertainment outlets with his mistruths,” the suit alleges. “And caused intentional harm to Ms. Berry’s health and likeness without any apparent justification.”
In other words, it sounds like he allegedly badmouthed her and, also allegedly, sabotaged her career and livelihood.
The suit says: “She lost contracts and wages as a result of the defendant’s actions.”
Steve Harvey’s team hit back: “Mr. Harvey promptly filed a demurrer to Ms. Berry’s rambling and incoherent original complaint.”
“That challenge was mooted,” Harvey’s team asserts. “Days before a hearing when Ms. Berry amended her pleading to assert new claims and theories.”
“Through the present demurrer, Mr. Harvey seeks to end Ms. Berry’s continued misuse and abuse of the judicial system,” Harvey’s team claims.
“Her operative pleading remains woefully deficient under even the most relaxed pleading standard,” the rebuttal continues. “It purports to plead claims that do not exist.”
Essie Berry’s team, however, asserts that this is definitely not something that she’s making up.
“Ms. Berry filed numerous reports to local enforcement and other reporting agencies to restrain the Defendant from constant harassment,” Berry’s team replies.
Of those filings, there was one “which was granted in the State of Arizona in 2013 prior to his retaliating attempt at a restraining order that was in direct violation of the protective order granted to the Plaintiff.”
“On two occasions in 2017,” Berry’s team says. “The Defendant sent an unidentified male to Ms. Berry’s family members home after business hours.”
If that was intended as a threat, it sounds absolutely chilling.
So it looks like two different women are accusing Steve Harvey of being life-ruiningly awful, and they are each suing him to the tune of millions of dollars.
This comes on the heels of the revelation that Steve Harvey does not like to interact with his own coworkers unless he has to, after a memo that he posted went viral.
Sometimes, public figures who appear to be very congenial and admirable turn out to be very different people behind closed doors.
That said, we do not yet know if either woman will be able to prove her accusations in court.