Two former NBC employees are claiming they are victims of racial discrimination. The pair, who are white, are suing NBC and Questlove, The Blast and TMZ report.
Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino claim they were fired after receiving “an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from a Tonight Show stagehand,” The Blast reports.
- The pair worked as cameramen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. After they allegedly received the racist text message, which also went to black stagehands, they claim the band leader, Questlove, singled them out and moved to protect the black NBC employees, while encouraging NBC to fire them.
- NBC and Questlove deny the allegations, and have requested that the case be dismissed or moved to arbitration. They also claim the decision to fire the pair was NBC’s “alone.”
- In new court papers, Decker and Comino point to a tweet Questlove sent out admitting to his involvement by tweeting a link to the original story and writing, “[T]hat time I got sued for being offended by racism.”
- The new filing also points what it characterizes as NBC’s pattern of sweeping misconduct under the rug, TMZ reports. The cameramen specifically call out allegations of misconduct filed against Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer.
- Brokaw and Lauer have both been accused of sexual harassment, and Decker and Comino claim the network stood behind them, despite allegations they were well aware of.
- Furthermore, Decker and Cimino claim that other female NBC employees were encouraged to speak out on their behalf, TMZ reports.
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