Ex-Young & Restless Star Alleges She Was Spat on, Mocked With Afro Wig, Then Blackballed by Racist Soap

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Victoria Rowell was once well known for her character “Dru” on the Young & the RowellRestless. So much so that after the actress exited the show, many fans thought she’d one day return to reprise her popular role, but were disappointed when that never materialized.

According to Rowell, racist higher-ups at the Young & the Restless prevented her from returning to the show.

In a lawsuit, Rowell accuses the CBS soap opera of racism and recounts incidents she endured while working as an actress on the show.

PageSix reports that Rowell has filed a lawsuit against CBS over the alleged racism.

Rowell, 55, filed a federal lawsuit against ex-producers and execs of the show who she claims have prevented her from returning to the soap because of personal grievances.

Rowell, an advocate for black soap opera actors, says she’s not been allowed to return to the show due to comments she’s made about the soap opera industry’s lack of diversity.

Rowell, who was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards for her role as Drucilla Winters on the Young & the Restless, says black actors have helped keep the soap on top but are still treated as “second class citizens” by the show’s top brass.

The actress recalls how once when she wore an Afro, actress Melody Thomas Scott, who plays Nikki Newman, mocked her with an Afro wig on set. Rowell also alleges that Michelle Strafford, another white actress, ended up spitting on Rowell and calling her a “freak” who nobody liked.

Rowell says she attempted to encourage diversity while on the show, even asking that black actors be featured more prominently in press photos, but was rejected by Y&R.

Once Rowell actually fought to get a hair and make-up artist specifically for black actors, only to later learn that the stylist had been “banned from the Y&R hair and makeup room.”

The lawsuit claims that Y&R blacklisted Rowell, preventing her from reprising her role and appearing on other soap operas.


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