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Sharon Stone doesn't have any trouble landing roles -- she's already filmed three movies this year. But one role she might help with is as an employer.
According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Stone's former nanny and live-in housekeeper Erlina T. Elemen is claiming damages for harassment sustained by the Basic Instinct star. Elemen says that Stone insulted her Filipino accent by telling her not to speak in front of the actress's children so they would "not talk like you."
The suit also claims that Stone refused to let Elemen read the Bible in her home, criticized her for attending church, and fired her after she learned that the nanny had rightfully been paid overtime.
Stone's publicist, however, has come out and said that this is just a cash grab, and that Elemen is nothing more than a disgruntled former employee who previously tried to obtain disability and worker's compensation payments after she was fired 15 months ago.
"Now, she is obviously looking for another opportunity to cash in," Stone's publicist Paul Bloch wrote in a statement to the Associated Press. "This is a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made-up and fabricated. Sharon Stone will be completely vindicated in court."
Elemen's spokesman, Eric Rose, responded by saying, "We can't wait to see Ms. Stone in court."
The former nanny started working for Stone in October 2006, and was promoted to head nanny in September 2008. Elemen's attorney Solomon Gresen tells The Los Angeles Times that she has "wonderful memories of the children," but that Stone continued to have "increasingly hostile and abusive behavior." Elemen is seeking unspecified damages for harassment, failure to prevent harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.