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Andy Cohen threatens Leah McSweeney with legal action over ‘categorically false’ cocaine allegations – after she accused him of taking drug with his favorite Real Housewives cast members in lawsuit

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Andy Cohen and his legal team are threatening ex RHONY star Leah McSweeney with legal action after she claimed he took cocaine with his favorite Real Housewives stars.

Last month Bravo producer and personality Cohen, 55, was accused of ‘engaging in cocaine use with Housewives that he employs,’ according to a suit filed in New York’s Southern District by McSweeney, 41.

A rep for Cohen told Dailymail.com that ‘the claims against Andy are completely false’ at the time and now, a letter from Cohen’s attorneys obtained by TMZ has urged McSweeney to retract her ‘categorically false’ allegations or face a lawsuit.

Cohen’s attorneys have said everything McSweeney claimed in the lawsuit is false and added on the cocaine claim: ‘[W]e demand that you immediately retract and withdraw all allegations relating to Mr. Cohen’s purported ‘cocaine use.'” –

‘To be clear: these allegations are categorically false. Mr. Cohen never used cocaine with any cast member on any Real Housewives show or with any other Bravo employee. The absence of any reasonable basis to make such allegations is confirmed by your pleading itself.’

Andy Cohen and his legal team are threatening ex RHONY star Leah McSweeney with legal action after she claimed he took cocaine with his favorite Real Housewives stars-  Pictured in NYC in June of 2021

Andy Cohen and his legal team are threatening ex RHONY star Leah McSweeney with legal action after she claimed he took cocaine with his favorite Real Housewives stars-  Pictured in NYC in June of 2021 

A rep for Cohen told Dailymail.com that 'the claims against Andy are completely false' at the time and now, a letter from Cohen's attorneys obtained by TMZ has urged McSweeney to retract her 'categorically false' allegations or face a lawsuit

A rep for Cohen told Dailymail.com that ‘the claims against Andy are completely false’ at the time and now, a letter from Cohen’s attorneys obtained by TMZ has urged McSweeney to retract her ‘categorically false’ allegations or face a lawsuit

His attorneys point out there are no details included in the allegation and claim McSweeney made the explosive claim ‘just to get headlines and a quick payday.’ 

Cohen’s lawyers end by saying: ‘The truth matters. Litigation cannot be used to create fake news. And it cannot be used as a vehicle to spread false and malicious lies, in furtherance of a shakedown. We demand that you issue an immediate public retraction and apologize to Mr. Cohen. Every day you fail to do so only increases the damages suffered by Mr. Cohen.’

A source close to McSweeney told the publication that she is ‘flabbergasted’ that Cohen keeps bringing attention to the case in the press ‘rather than just letting it play out in court.’

A source close to Cohen said: ‘Of course, Andy should defend himself in the public with the truth. Why should she be allowed to spew lies about his character?’

DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Cohen and Bravo for comment. Representatives for McSweeney declined to comment to DailyMail.com.

McSweeney’s lawsuit filed last month against Cohen and Bravo alleges cocaine use is rampant at the the network, with the linchpin producer and on-air personality both using the illegal drug and providing it to employees.

McSweeney said in court docs reviewed by Page Six that Cohen ‘tends to provide the Housewives with whom he uses cocaine with more favorable treatment’ and strategic editing to make them look better.

Cohen's attorneys have said everything McSweeney claimed in the lawsuit is false and added on the cocaine claim: '[W]e demand that you immediately retract and withdraw all allegations relating to Mr. Cohen’s purported 'cocaine use.'" - 'To be clear: these allegations are categorically false'

Leah McSweeney, in her suit, which is for unspecified damages, named Cohen, Bravo, Shed Media and Shed's parent company Warner Media. Pictured in NYC in October

Cohen’s attorneys have said everything McSweeney claimed in the lawsuit is false and added on the cocaine claim: ‘[W]e demand that you immediately retract and withdraw all allegations relating to Mr. Cohen’s purported ‘cocaine use.'” – ‘To be clear: these allegations are categorically false’ 

Cohen ‘intentionally uses cocaine with his employees to further promote a workplace culture that thrives off drug and alcohol use, which leads to a failure to accommodate employees who are disabled and trying to stay substance free,’ McSweeney said in court docs. 

A rep for Cohen told Dailymail.com that ‘the claims against Andy are completely false.’

McSweeney appeared on two seasons of The Real Housewives of New York City in 2020-2021, and on a season of Real Housewives: Ultimate Girls Trip, which aired last year.

McSweeney said in the legal docs that Bravo ‘thrives off drug and alcohol use,’ without naming any further parties past Cohen.

McSweeney said in court docs reviewed by Page Six that she informed Bravo producers prior to her casting on the series, that she had been focused on staying sober, and had a 30-day streak of sobriety going into the show.

McSweeney told the court that producers failed to make a ‘reasonable accommodation’ for her addiction-related disability – but instead provided her ‘with unlimited, free-of charge alcoholic beverages,’ and ‘encouraged her to consume those alcoholic beverages.’

McSweeney’s legal team said that ‘this environment caused Ms. McSweeney to relapse into alcohol addiction shortly after joining RHONY season 12.’

A source close to Cohen said: 'Of course, Andy should defend himself in the public with the truth. Why should she be allowed to spew lies about his character?'

A source close to Cohen said: ‘Of course, Andy should defend himself in the public with the truth. Why should she be allowed to spew lies about his character?’ 

McSweeney said in court docs that Bravo producers sought to sabotage her sobriety by both exacerbating it and stopping her from getting treatment for her problem.

McSweeney told the court that Bravo executives violated her employment rights under the Disabilities Act by preventing her to get help for her alcohol issues, knowing she was dealing with them.

McSweeney, who has a fashion label called Married To The Mob, said in the legal docs that sexual harassment was also rife in the company, claiming that a senior producer ‘routinely sends unsolicited pictures of [their] genitalia to lower-level … production employees,’ and that executives have ignored the issues.

McSweeney, seen in an Instagram post, said in court docs that Bravo producers sought to sabotage her sobriety by both exacerbating it and stopping her from getting treatment for her problem

McSweeney, seen in an Instagram post, said in court docs that Bravo producers sought to sabotage her sobriety by both exacerbating it and stopping her from getting treatment for her problem 

McSweeney has a fashion label called Married To The Mob

McSweeney has a fashion label called Married To The Mob 

Cohen 'intentionally uses cocaine with his employees to further promote a workplace culture that thrives off drug and alcohol use, which leads to a failure to accommodate employees who are disabled and trying to stay substance free,' McSweeney said in court docs

Cohen ‘intentionally uses cocaine with his employees to further promote a workplace culture that thrives off drug and alcohol use, which leads to a failure to accommodate employees who are disabled and trying to stay substance free,’ McSweeney said in court docs 

McSweeney said in legal docs that Bravo and Shed Media, a production company it works with on its shows, continued to promote the unnamed senior producer in question ‘to positions of increased power.’

In ‘failing to take appropriate remedial action’ amid the claims, McSweeney said in court docs, Bravo and Shed officials ‘tacitly’ signaled to both the senior producer and ‘all other employees that they can engage in unlawful employment practices with impunity.’

McSweeney in her suit, which is for unspecified damages, named Cohen, Bravo, Shed Media and Shed’s parent company Warner Media.

The latest claims come amid a series of lawsuits filed involving Cohen, who also is the host of the Bravo series Watch What Happens Live! and executive producer of the Real Housewives franchise.

Brandi Glanville, 51, claimed in an explosive legal letter earlier this month that Cohen had sexually harassed her by trying to make her watch him have sex with another Bravo star, who Cohen later revealed to be Kate Chastain of Below Deck fame, via a FaceTime video.

In a legal legal letter DailyMail.com obtained, Glanville said that in 2022, an ‘obviously inebriated’ Cohen sent her a clip in which he ‘invited her to watch via Facetime,’ Glanville’s attorney Bryan Freedman said.

Cohen, who is openly gay, earlier this month posted an apology via Twitter: ‘The video shows Kate Chastain and I very clearly joking to Brandi.

‘It was absolutely meant in jest, and Brandi’s response clearly communicated she was in on the joke. That said, it was totally inappropriate and I apologize.’

The latest claims come amid a series of lawsuits filed involving Cohen, who also is the host of the Bravo series Watch What Happens Live! and executive producer of the Real Housewives franchise. Pictured Friday in NYC

The latest claims come amid a series of lawsuits filed involving Cohen, who also is the host of the Bravo series Watch What Happens Live! and executive producer of the Real Housewives franchise. Pictured Friday in NYC 

Glanville on Monday said that the apology meant nothing to her since it wasn’t addressed to her.

‘I have not received a personal apology from anyone,’ she said. ‘I saw an apology that Andy posted TO HIS FANS for his mistreatment of me and inappropriateness.’

Sources who saw the video in question told Dailymail.com on Tuesday that Glanville replied to Cohen’s video message in saying she would provide a sex toy for the referenced rendezvous.

Insiders said Cohen told Glanville in the 2022 clip, ‘Hey Brandi what’s up girl? We are just thinking about you. So yeah, me and Kate are gonna have some hot sex and wanted to know if you wanted to watch. You know a little ménage à trois. So FaceTime us back. Okay girl love you!’

Glanville sent a reply in which she said, ‘I will bring my hot dildo,’ according to eyewitnesses.

Glanville is also at the center of separate sexual harassment litigation involving fellow Bravo personality Caroline Manzo, 62.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star said that Bravo producers encouraged Glanville to sexually harass her amid the filming of the series The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip in Morocco, TMZ reported January 26.

Manzo said in legal docs that Glanville – after being encouraged to drink to excess by producers – ‘forced her vagina against her back’ as she groped her in front of the cameras.

Brandi Glanville, 51, claimed in an explosive legal letter earlier this month that Cohen had sexually harassed her by trying to make her watch him have sex with another Bravo star, who Cohen later revealed to be Kate Chastain of Below Deck fame, via a FaceTime video

Brandi Glanville, 51, claimed in an explosive legal letter earlier this month that Cohen had sexually harassed her by trying to make her watch him have sex with another Bravo star, who Cohen later revealed to be Kate Chastain of Below Deck fame, via a FaceTime video 

Cohen and McSweeney were pictured on a Watch What Happens Live! in 2021 with Sonja Morgan

Cohen and McSweeney were pictured on a Watch What Happens Live! in 2021 with Sonja Morgan

Lawyers for the RHONJ personality said that Glanville ‘proceeded to mount Manzo on the couch holding Manzo down with her body, forcibly squeezed Manzo’s cheeks together and thrust her tongue in Manzo’s mouth, while humping her.’

Glanville’s rep told DailyMail.com that ‘there was no sexual assault’ and that the allegations raised by Manzo were ‘absurd.’

Cohen has past been the target of cocaine-related allegations, as his former friend Kathy Griffin said in 2017 clip on YouTube that Cohen had offered her cocaine on multiple occasions, prior to her appearing on his talk show.

‘Right before we went live, Andy Cohen privately asked me in an office in embassy row, which is the production company that does that s***show asked her if I wanted to do blow,’ Griffin said in an October 2017 clip on YouTube. ‘He was asking me to do cocaine with him.’

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