When stars fight with their hired help, both parties often end up bruised.
William Shatner is the latest celebrity to war with the people who once catered to his needs. The "Star Trek" actor is facing a lawsuit by two former employees who allege that he discriminated against and harassed them after one of them refused to sign a waiver after getting injured on the job.
Oscar Alfaro and his wife, Delmy, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court Tuesday, alleging that Shatner, 81, and his wife, Elizabeth, "harassed and berated" them so much that they had to quit their jobs, according to court documents obtained by ABC News affiliate KABC-TV.
Shatner's manager and lawyer have not responded to ABCNews.com's requests for comment.
The Alfaros worked for Shatner for 20 years, but they left their unspecified jobs after Alfaro refused to sign a waiver after sustaining an undisclosed injury at the actor's Studio City, Calif., home, the lawsuit alleges. As a result, the Alfaros claim they suffered humiliation, embarrassment and mental anguish in addition to the loss of earnings and benefits, according to the lawsuit. They're suing for an unspecified amount.
Click through to read about four other celebrity clashes with the help.
The December 2009 blowout between actress Victoria Principal and her housekeeper over the actress' pet Shih Tzu sounded like something straight out of her former show, "Dallas." Principal and the housekeeper, Maribel Banegas, each made 911 calls during the confrontation that Banegas said started when she took too long walking the dog.
"[She] want to kill me," Banegas told the emergency operator on the tape obtained by ABC News. "I need help. She's pointing a gun. She's going to kill me. She's after me."
In her own call, Principal painted Banegas as the problem.
"I have a housekeeper that I don't really know who's on the premises," Principal told the operator. "She's locked herself in the guesthouse and she's robbing me. I told her I'm calling the police and I need you here now. She's threatening and she's locked herself in the guesthouse."
No arrests were made but the two women filed dueling lawsuits both alleging assault by the other. In the end, the women settled the case about a year later "to everyone's satisfaction," Banegas' lawyer Chris Allgreen told ABCNews.com.
In April 2008, actor Rob Lowe filed defamation lawsuits against former nannies Laura Boyce and Jessica Gibson, accusing Boyce of "spreading malicious lies" about his family and Gibson of falsely claiming to have had a "personal and intimate relationship" with him.
In court documents obtained by ABCNews.com, Lowe said Gibson "bragged" about giving him a massage during a trip with the Lowe family and told people "she wished he would divorce Sheryl Lowe," according to court documents.
Both women sued back, claiming harassment by the actor and his wife. But it seemed all parties decided a courtroom wasn't the place to air their grievances; in May 2009, attorneys for the former nannies and Lowe asked for all the lawsuits to be dismissed. None of the attorneys disclosed whether a financial agreement had been reached.
Another celebrity plauged by nanny trouble: Heather Mills, the ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney. In December 2008, Sara Trumble, who served as a nanny for Mills for four years until resigning in September 2008, filed a legal claim against her alleging sexual discrimination and unreasonable working conditions.
Trumble claimed that her work went beyond looking after Beatrice, Mills' daughter with McCartney. She said Mills required her to blow-dry her hair, work unreasonable hours and spray-tan her naked body.
At the time, Mills' publicist, Joe Dolce, told ABCNews.com, "Heather is devastated. ... For years she has treated Sara as a member of the family."
A British employment tribunal dismissed the claims in June 2010, according to the Guardian newspaper.
Naomi Campbell's runway strut is almost as famous as her fiery temper. In 2000, the supermodel pleaded guilty in a Toronto court to a 1998 assault on Georgina Galanis, a former assistant who accused Campbell of assaulting her with a telephone in a hotel room and threatening to throw her out of a moving car. After paying Galanis an undisclosed sum and agreeing to attend anger management classes, Campbell's record was cleared.
But, apparently, the classes didn't stick.
Three other employees of the supermodel accused her of physically lashing out at them, most notably former housekeeper Ana Scolavino. In March 2006, Campbell was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly striking Scolavino with a jewel-encrusted cell phone. The model pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless assault in January 2007 and was sentenced to five days community service and more anger management education.