Questlove Sued by Former ‘The Tonight Show’ Employees for Racial Discrimination
According to TMZ, a couple of former NBC employees are suing The Roots musician for racial discrimination. Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino, two former camera operators for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, claim they were fired after receiving racist text messages in a group chat. They allege they are innocent parties in the ordeal and never responded to the texts in question.
Apparently, Decker and Cimino, who worked for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where Questlove plays drums with The Roots, claim NBC had them fired at the behest of the musician. The two are now suing both Questlove and the network.
Decker and Cimino say this saga began when the two of them, along with Roots bassist Mark Kelley, received “an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from a Tonight Show stagehand” last June. In the lawsuit, the two claim they reported the text message to both The Roots' manager and an NBC technical production manager.
The men also claim that they were both suspended after reporting the text, but Kelley, who's Black, wasn't. They go on to say that Questlove wanted all of the White people involved with the text to be fired, and pressured NBC to handle the firings.
A statement from NBC reads, "NBC is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We have strong policies in place that protect against discrimination in any form. The decision about these plaintiffs was the company's alone."
For his part, Questlove vehemently denies any claims of racism. "Racism is REAL and exists throughout the world and for these gentlemen to claim victim is not only disrespectful to Questlove and his band mates, but to all that truly endure racism on a daily basis," reads a statement from his representative.
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