"Friends" Writers Lewd Talk About Aniston, Cox

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"Friends" Writers Lewd Talk About Aniston, Cox

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APRIL 23--Just in time for the final three episodes of "Friends," a California appeals court this week reinstated a harassment claim brought by a woman who worked on the hit show as a writer's assistant and claimed that she was subjected to an array of racial and sexual harassment, including enduring sexually explicit comments about the program's female stars.

The court decision in favor of plaintiff Amaani Lyle, who worked for "Friends" during 1999, noted that, in depositions, writers and producers acknowledged the use of "sexually coarse, vulgar, and demeaning language in the workplace." But that behavior, the "Friends" crew claimed, was a necessary part of the creative process and helped the show's writing staff to develop better scripts.

But that might not explain the crude comments that some writers allegedly directed at "Friends" stars like Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and David Schwimmer, according to a declaration sworn by Lyle and filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

As seen in this excerpt, Cox's fertility and love life, Schwimmer's sexual preference, and Aniston's availability were openly discussed in the "Friends" writer's room, according to Lyle. Not to mention how several writers spoke of their secret desire to turn the character Joey (played by Matt LeBlanc) into a serial rapist, discussing "full scenes of how he would rape the women." (8 pages)