Scandoval goes to court: Rachel Leviss suing Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix

Rachel Leviss is suing Tom Sandoval and Ariana Madix for revenge porn.
The former 'Vanderpump Rules' star has taken legal action against her former lover and his ex-girlfriend and has also accused the pair - who split when Tom and Rachel's affair was discovered - of invasion of privacy, eavesdropping and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Documents obtained by CNN shows Rachel described herself as “victim of the predatory and dishonest behaviour of an older man, who recorded sexually explicit videos of her without her knowledge or consent.”
The reality star believes her ex-lover is in possession of multiple illicitly recorded videos in which she features “in a state of undress and engaged in sex acts,” and that Ariana has obtained “at least two” of the recordings, which she distributed or "showed them to others without Leviss’ knowledge or consent.”
Tom and Rachel's affair was discovered after Ariana found an intimate video on her then-boyfriend's phone, with the so-called 'Scandoval' covered on season 10 of the Bravo show and remaining a storyline on season 11, despite the 29-year-old beauty having left the programme.
The complaint said: “This case arises from a scandal of epic proportions starting in March 2023."
It alleged the well-documented saga has caused Rachel to suffer “severe emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress, anxiety, shock, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, humiliation, powerlessness, sleeplessness, and loss of enjoyment of life."
Her attorney, Bryan Freedman, said in a statement: “The idea that human beings are expected to sacrifice their mental and emotional health in service of Bravo’s ratings is obscene.
"While coming forward can be terrifying and even embarrassing, I implore people not to suffer in silence.”
Another of her lawyers, Mark Geragos, said in his own statement: "This lawsuit is squarely about illegal behaviour and those who traffic in it and enable it. Rachel has apologized for her part in an affair.
“The law makes it clear that recording someone without their consent and distributing that illegal recording is punishable by law."
She is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from the pair, and requested they destroy and delete the alleged videos. Bravo, parent company NBC Universal, and production company Evolution Media are not part of the lawsuit.
The first court hearing on the matter will take place in Los Angeles on 7 July.