'Survivor' castaway's alleged victim a former 'Big Brother' houseguest
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/13/2010
The woman who was allegedly assaulted by former Survivor: Fiji castaway Kenward "Boo" Bernis is apparently a fellow former CBS reality star.
Former Big Brother 2 houseguest Krista Stegall claims she was the woman who was in the restroom at a Lafayette, LA bar last month when Bernis barged in, grabbed her arms, shoved her against a wall and shouted at her, TMZ reported Thursday.
In addition, Stegall provided TMZ with images that she claims show bruises she suffered during the alleged altercation.
Bernis was cited late last month by Louisiana police after he allegedly battered Stegall inside the restroom of Lafayette's Bootleggers Bar, which he reportedly co-owns with current Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains castaway Russell Hantz.
Stegall told TMZ Bernis yelled, "This is my bar!" when he shoved her against the restroom wall. She filed a restraining order against him last week, according to TMZ, which added the two were "longtime friends" but never dated.
Attempts by TMZ to reach Bernis for comment were unsuccessful.
Stegall appeared as a Big Brother second-season houseguest in 2001 and was part of an incident that resulted in fellow houseguest Justin Sebik being kicked out of the house.
Sebik was removed from the house after a night of drinking that included him holding a knife to her throat and asking if she'd still love him "if I killed you."
Although Stegall -- Sebik's "showmance" girlfriend -- didn't seem threatened by his action and later claimed to have no memory of the incident and protested that "[the producers] blew that completely out of proportion," Big Brother's producers decided to remove him after determining he had demonstrated inappropriate behavior.
By the time the season ended, Stegall had found a new "showmance" partner -- eventual Big Brother 7: All-Stars winner Mike "Boogie" Malin, who proposed marriage to her live on Big Brother's second-season finale. The pair later broke up and never married.
Despite her earlier comments, Stegall sued CBS over the knife incident a year later.
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