Sharon Stone is set to face a trial from her former nanny. Erlinda Elemen claims that she was the target of "numerous derogatory comments and slurs" from the Basic Instinct actress. It was reported by The Daily Telegraph that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ruled that Elemen can proceed with her allegations of harassment, failure to prevent harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.
The allegations were officially filed last year and were dismissed as "absurd" and a way to "cash in" by Stone.
Elemen was originally hired in 2006 as head nanny to Stone's three children. She claims that from August 2010 until she was fired in 2011, she was the subject of taunts related to her Filipino ethnicity and heritage. The court papers state: "These statements included, without limitation, comments about Plaintiff's Filipino accent (ie Plaintiff was instructed to refrain from speaking to the children because Defendant did not want them to 'talk like you') comments about Filipino food, and comments which equated being Filipino with being stupid." The papers also say that Stone "was repeatedly verbally dismissive of Plaintiff's deeply held religious beliefs".
Stone tried to have the case thrown out of court, arguing that her various comments did not amount to harassment and that the case had been filed too late. Her lawyer Daniel Gutenplan said: "All we have is that Ms Stone made comments about Filipino food, Filipino accents."
Stone's former housekeeper Angelica Castillo also filed a lawsuit for wrongful termination last week. She claims the actress verbally abused her, and made her perform chores even after a doctor had signed her off work due to a back injury. The court papers state that Castillo was fired for what she believes was "retaliation for seeking medical leave".
Stone is denying the claims, and her lawyers have dismissed them as "bizarre and ridiculous" and "malicious".
They issued a statement saying: "We are confident that Ms Stone will prevail in this meritless case, and once that occurs, she intends to pursue affirmative claims for malicious prosecution against those responsible for filing and prosecuting this specious lawsuit."