Lawsuit alleges Sharon Stone forced maid to work with bad back
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A woman who worked as a maid for Sharon Stone has sued her, alleging the actress forced her perform physically strenuous tasks and then fired her after she sought to rest her injured back.
The complaint marks the second suit by a member of Stone’s household staff in the last year.
The 10-page civil complaint filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by attorney Solomon E. Gresen on behalf of Angelica Castillo seeks unspecified damages.
According to the suit, Castillo injured her back in June 2012, while grocery shopping for the actress, best known for her roles in such films as ‘Basic Instinct,’ ‘Total Recall’ and ‘Casino.’
Although Castillo’s doctor instructed ‘a brief period of bed rest’ and told her to avoid lifting heavy objects, the suit says, Stone ordered her to report to work the same day and continue to perform regular duties, including ‘lifting and moving heavy items as part of cleaning the residence.’
Other employees who could have helped her in those duties were not allowed to do so, according to the suit. At one point, while Castillo was still in severe pain, the suit alleges Stone repeatedly yelled at her for performing her chores mores slowly and called her ‘crazy’ and ‘stupid.’
Castillo was fired by the actress last October after two years on the job.
In May, a former live-in housekeeper and nanny for Stone filed suit against the actress, alleging she was fired for accepting overtime pay and repeatedly subjected to derogatory comments about her Filipino heritage and religious beliefs. Erlinda T. Elemen alleged Stone made comments that equated being Filipino with being stupid. She said the actress told her not to speak in front of her children so they would ‘not talk like you.’
The suit also alleged the award-winning actress repeatedly criticized Elemen’s ‘deeply held religious beliefs’ and her frequent attendance at church, and once forbade her from reading the Bible in Stone’s house even though she lived at her residence.
-- Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Sharon Stone in February in Los Angeles. Credit: Jordan Strauss.