Actress Faye Dunaway relentlessly berated her gay personal assistant on play “Tea at Five,” calling him “a little homosexual boy” before he was fired for complaining, a new lawsuit alleges.
Michael Rocha says in his Manhattan Supreme Court suit that he began working for the Broadway-bound production — from which Dunaway was eventually fired — on April 5 and was tasked with shopping, helping the actress take her meds, arranging her schedule and getting her to and from rehearsals.
Rocha — who worked at the Oscar-winning star’s East 57th Street apartment and was paid $1,500 per week — alleges that Dunaway, “regularly and relentlessly subjected plaintiff to abusive demeaning tirades” and used his sexual orientation as a gay man to “demean and humiliate him at work,” the court papers charge.
On May 2, the “Mommie Dearest” star called Rocha and other workers, “little gay people” and later that month called him “a little homosexual boy,” which he says he has a recording of, the suit claims.
Rocha reported it to the general manager and general counsel for the one-woman play, in which Dunaway portrayed actress Katharine Hepburn, and also gave them the tape of the offensive comment, he claims.
About two weeks later, on June, 12 Rocha was fired and told that Dunaway “is not comfortable with you anymore,” the court documents allege.
Rocha was not the only employee allegedly forced to endure Dunaway’s diva ways.
The Post exclusively reported last month that the crew was terrified of the 78-year-old actress because she allegedly slapped them and threw things at members who were trying to fit her with a wig.
The evening’s performance was cancelled following the outburst — prompting Dunaway to allegedly lash out at crew verbally.
Dunaway — who earned an Oscar for her role playing a television producer in “Network” — was fired after the incident. Of course, it didn’t help that she absolutely bombed on stage during performances.
The play, about Hepburn’s recovery from a 1983 car accident, is set to be recast and run in London in the spring, producers told The Post at the time.
Dunaway’s lawyer Jay Zimner did not immediately provide a comment when reached by phone.