(Associated Press) Former soap opera actress Victoria Rowell has sued CBS and producers, saying they have kept her off the air as retaliation for advocating the casting of more black people.
The 55-year-old Rowell, who's black, is best known as a star of "The Young and the Restless" for 17 years. She played Drucilla Winters, an illiterate thief and prostitute, who, at Rowell's urging, "transformed herself through an adult literacy program into a positive figure," according to the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Manhattan.
The lawsuit alleges that though more black characters were added to the show over the years, the producers "treated them, including Ms. Rowell, as second-class citizens."
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