'The Real World 24' roomie sickened after toothbrush used in toilet
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/22/2010
An argument between two The Real World: New Orleans housemates apparently resulted in one of them being sickened after the other urinated on his toothbrush.
Ryan Leslie has accused fellow housemate Preston Roberson-Charles of taking his toothbrush, urinating on it and using it to scrub a toilet -- causing Leslie to subsequently call police over the incident,the city's The Times-Picayune newspaper reported Thursday.
While police conducted interviews, confiscated evidence and a police report was filed, The Times-Picayune reported no one was arrested.
The incident reportedly began three weeks ago at the Upton New Orleans house on Dufossat Street -- where MTV began production on the 24th season of the reality series in January.
Leslie told police a few days after an argument with Roberson-Charles that he was sickened with a sore throat and fever, according to The Time-Picayune, which added Leslie also told police he suspected Roberson-Charles of urinating on his toothbrush and using it to scrub the inside of a toilet bowl.
In addition, Leslie claimed Roberson-Charles referred to him as a "faggot" during the argument and also threatened "to do something" to his belongings.
"Preston later came in my room and took my toothbrush off the counter and scrubbed the inside of the toilet and urinated on my tooth brush," Leslie wrote in his statement, according to The Times-Picayune.
"I wasn't aware of this [happening] and continued to use my toothbrush."
Once his throat "started to hurt and got progressively worse," Leslie said in his statement that he visited a local hospital on February 21 and was treated for a viral infection -- although tests came back negative for strep throat and mononucleosis.
He received a steroid shot and was prescribed an antibiotic, according to The Times-Picayune.
While police confiscated Leslie's toothbrush, The Times-Picayune said the police report does not indicate if footage from cameras inside the house was confiscated as part of the investigation.
The Real World executive producer Jim Johnson told The Times-Picayune he "wouldn't be in a position to talk about it."
New Orleans Police Department spokesman Garry Flot told The Times-Picayune that Leslie most likely wanted the incident document and suggested if he wanted to press charges then police would have issued a municipal summons to both housemates and let a judge hash it out.
"Just because the report is written, that doesn't necessarily always mean it's a crime," Flot told The Times-Picayune.
"This is a reality show, so who's to say this wasn't done just for some publicity?"
The Real World: New Orleans is currently slated to debut this summer.