A lawsuit filed in Harris County rips open the (alleged) seamy, sexy underworld of...ummm....a kiddie dinosaur show.
According to Courthouse News Service, a Houstonian named Johnny H. Smith is suing the producers of the touring show Walking With Dinosaurs because they fired him for -- as he tells the tale -- being gay and not a flirty, partying gal like his predecessor.
Smith was hired to run the show's "skins" department, which is like a costumer. We'll let CNS summarize the suit:
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Smith says [his predecessor] delayed and canceled training sessions because she was "consistently hung over, or inebriated, or too exhausted from the previous night's escapades."
He says male crew members on tour were disgruntled, because [the predecessor] was a "reliable party partner and reliable flirting partner," a role Smith did not wish to play. Crew member Mike Hamilton, along with Mast and other tour workers, allegedly criticized Smith's skills and frequently commented on his masculinity and sexual history.
In his third week on the job, Smith was allegedly told he was "not one of the boys" and was being sent home because he did not fit in. Hamilton pushed for his firing by telling managers that he wanted someone who would sit on his lap and expose her breasts, the lawsuit claims. Smith was then replaced by a straight woman, he says.
"All I want is a woman who'll sit on my lap and expose her breasts!! Is that too much to ask?!?!?"
Remember, these are all allegations. Smith is demanding "lost wages and compensation for the emotional distress and anguish he allegedly suffered," according to CNS.
We must admit we don't know who the current head of the "skins" department for the show is, but we bet there will be some people furiously googling her name and contact info.