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RHOA’s NeNe Leakes hires an influential Beverly Hills attorney to represent the Oscar winner to fight Bravo in a “racism” lawsuit

REAL Housewives of Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes has hired a high-profile Beverly Hills attorney who previously represented an Oscar winner to fight Bravo in her “racism” lawsuit.

The Sun can exclusively reveal that NeNe’s new attorney is David deRubertis, who represented comedian Mo’Nique when she sued Netflix for unequal pay.

RHOA's NeNe Leakes has hired a Beverly Hills attorney to defend her in the lawsuit against Bravo

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RHOA’s NeNe Leakes has hired a Beverly Hills attorney to defend her in the lawsuit against BravoPhoto credit: Getty
NeNe has hired class action attorney David deRubertis to work with Joseph Habachy

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NeNe has hired class action attorney David deRubertis to work with Joseph HabachyCredit: YouTube/ConsumerAttorneysCA

NeNe, 54, is suing the companies and producers behind RHOA, including Bravo and executive producer Andy Cohen.

She claimed that racism is “accepted” and that the companies tolerate a hostile and racist work environment.

Along with Bravo, NeNe is suing NBC Universal, True Entertainment, Truly Original and three other individual producers in their 74-page lawsuit.

Judge Thomas W. Thrash approved David’s addition to NeNe’s team because she is also represented by Joseph S. Habachy, a Georgia attorney, according to court records.

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While it seems David is most comfortable in the class action arena, this isn’t his first case defending a celebrity client.

In 2019, David represented actress and comedian Mo’Nique, whose full name is Monique Angela Hicks, when she sued Netflix for equal pay.

The Oscar winner was offered $500,000 to do an hour-long comedy special.

Their complaint alleged that multi-million dollar deals had been offered to rivals such as Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres.

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‘WON’T TOLERATE IT’

Now David is taking the helm behind NeNe’s lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges the former reality star complained to executives about years of racist remarks made by RHOA castmate Kim Zolciak, 43, but only NeNe suffered consequences.

According to the court documents, “NBC, Bravo and True promote a corporate and workplace culture in which racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not encouraged.”

The Sun has reached out to representatives from Bravo and Kim for comment.

The defendants have not responded to NeNe’s lawsuit.

VERY RICH, B***H

The Sun previously exclusively reported that NeNe had moved into a $1.8 million condo in Atlanta after selling her Georgia mansion for $2.6 million.

As the litigation heats up, NeNe has settled into her three bedroom, three and a half bathroom home.

She bought back the 4,000-square-foot condo in November.

Your luxury unit is tucked away in an entrance to the Englischer Garten and is just steps away from Atlanta’s upscale shopping district.

The immaculate all-white condo features a fireplace, wet bar, and oak floors along with a state-of-the-art kitchen with appliances.

Dedicated to the entire top floor, NeNe’s master bedroom includes a luxury stone-encrusted bathtub and a separate laundry room.

The best thing about NeNe is that their condo has access to all the luxurious services and amenities of the neighboring hotel.

NEW BEGINNING

NeNe sold her Georgia mansion and moved into the luxury Atlanta condo after the tragic death of her late husband Gregg Leakes.

She bought the mansion for $2.1 million with her late husband in 2015.

After initially listing her mansion for $4 million, NeNe lowered the asking price week after week until a buyer agreed to take the property for $2.6 million last January.

Her old five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home included an impressive 10,000 square feet and a resort-style pool.

NeNe’s former mansion overlooked a nearby golf course.

The Real Housewives alum maintained her all-white theme from her old home in her new apartment, though the mansion featured custom chandeliers, a spiral staircase and a huge walk-in closet in almost every room.

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NeNe also let go of her private movie theater, game room, fireplace and four-car garage when she downsized for her Atlanta apartment.

The star’s decision to put her old estate on the market came after her husband Gregg lost his four-year battle with colon cancer in November 2020.

David previously defended comedian Mo'Nique when she sued Netflix for equal pay

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David previously defended comedian Mo’Nique when she sued Netflix for equal payPhoto credit: Getty
NeNe's lawsuit is suing the show's producers, including Andy Cohen, for

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NeNe’s lawsuit is suing the show’s producers, including Andy Cohen, for “accepting” a racist environmentPhoto credit: Getty
NeNe recently sold her Georgia mansion to move into a $1.8 million condo in Atlanta

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NeNe recently sold her Georgia mansion to move into a $1.8 million condo in AtlantaPhoto credit: Bravo

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