24/05/2012 11:58 BST | Updated 24/05/2012 12:03 BST

Sharon Stone Accused Of Racism By Former Nanny

Sharon Stone's lawyers have said claims that the actress is racist are "absurd".

A lawsuit has been filed against the actress by a former nanny who has accused the actress of making derogatory comments about Filipinos.

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Erlinda Elemen alleges the Oscar winner repeatedly called people from the Philippines "stupid". She also claims the actress made negative comments about food from the Philippines and would not allow Elemen - a practicing Christian - to read the Bible in her home.

But the Hollywood star's legal team have strongly denied the claims, telling TMZ: "This is an absurd lawsuit that has been filed by a disgruntled ex-employee who is obviously looking to get money any way she can."

The nanny also claims that the actress would not allow her to speak to her children - Roan, Laird and Quinn - because she didn't want them "to talk like you".

She has also accused the actress of trying to take back overtime money she had been paid. She alleges that when she challenged Stone about the overtime pay, she was verbally attacked in front of other staff and house guests and ultimately fired in February 2011.

Ms Elemen's lawyer, Solomon Gresen told The Wrap: ''A common problem for employees in household occupations concerns the receipt of overtime and other wages. When a celebrity does it, it only serves to draw attention to the fact that there are thousands of people who are being underpaid.

"Hopefully, the publicity generated from this lawsuit will be of benefit to others and will prompt some change in the lives of ordinary citizens.

''It's unfortunate when a California employee has to endure harassment, particularly a live-in employee who has little power to avoid the behaviour.''

However, the actress's publicist, Paul Bloch, said in a statement: "She is obviously looking for another opportunity to cash in. This is a frivolous lawsuit for absurd claims that are made-up and fabricated. Sharon Stone will be completely vindicated in court.''