Actress Takes 'Melrose' To Court
Nov. 11, 1997
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ If Hunter Tylo had gone to ``get an abortion,'' as one TV executive allegedly suggested, she might not have been fired from ``Melrose Place,'' her attorney said in court.
In opening statements in her wrongful termination and breach of contract lawsuit, attorney Nathan Goldberg said Monday the suggestion came from Jonathan Levin, president of the production company Spelling Entertainment.
Aaron Spelling's company said Tylo, who is seeking unspecified damages, was fired before she appeared on the prime-time Fox show because her pregnancy made her unsuitable to play a sexy seductress.
Goldberg accused Levin of asking Tylo's manager: ``Why doesn't she just go out and get an abortion? Then she can work.''
Levin did not immediately return a call to his office Tuesday.
Goldberg pointed out that the show worked TV magic to conceal star Heather Locklear's recent pregnancy. Lisa Rinna, who plays restaurateur Taylor McBride on the show, recently announced she is pregnant.
``What will Spelling do?'' Goldberg asked jurors. ``Stay tuned.''
Tylo is best known for her role as a psychiatrist on the CBS soap opera ``The Bold and the Beautiful.''