Sharon Stone's former nanny is suing her, claiming the "Basic Instinct" actress used racially derogatory comments around her and violated labor laws.
Stone, through a publicist, called the move "an absurd lawsuit that has been filed by a disgruntled ex-employee."
Erlinda T. Elemen, a Filipino woman who worked as Stone's live-in housekeeper and nanny for five years, filed a lawsuit today in Los Angeles Superior Court blaming Stone for various offenses.
In the suit, Elemen claimed she was asked not to speak to Stone's children because Stone did not want them to pick up her Filipino accent. Elemen added that Stone criticized her for attending church and at one point, forbade her to read the Bible in the house.
Elemen said Stone withheld overtime payment from her. When Elemen brought it up, she claimed Stone paid her the wages but accused her of stealing, berated her in front of guests, and eventually fired her for accepting the overtime pay.
The nanny was seeking an unspecified amount of unpaid wages, damages and penalties.
Through her publicist, Paul Bloch, Stone said Elemen "is obviously looking to get money any way she can. After she was terminated approximately 1½ years ago, she filed claims for alleged disability and workers compensation. Now, she is obviously looking for another opportunity to cash in. This is a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made-up and fabricated. Sharon Stone will be completely vindicated in court."
Last year, Stone was sued by a man who slipped and fell 15 feet while working on her house. She was ordered to pay him $232,000.