Price Is Right Model Brandi Cochran Wins $775,000 in Pregnancy Lawsuit
Brandi Cochran just won $775,000 from The Price Is Right. And she wasn't even a contestant.
Cochran is a former model for the popular game show who sued producers in 2010 over what she claims was wrongful termination and cruel treatment by her bosses. According to the lawsuit she filed, producers insulted her when she got pregnant and fired her for going on disability when complications led to a miscarriage.
Today, TMZ reports, a jury decided in Cochran's favor, awarding her $775,000 in damages -- with the possibility for more if producers are found to have acted with malicious intent.
Cochran's account of things certainly paints a malicious picture. According to TMZ, she got pregnant in 2007 but was too afraid of getting fired to tell her employers. The stress was so severe, she claimed, that the "pregnancy ended in a miscarriage," which one producer allegedly said was "nature's way of getting rid of a bad baby."
The next year, the former Miss USA reportedly got pregnant again and was subjected to insults about her changing body. One staffer, she claimed in the lawsuit, alerted people to her presence by saying, "Wide load coming through."
A short while later, she suffered complications that required her to go on disability leave, during which time she says she was squeezed out of her job on the show.