Questlove Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

by Olivia Butler

January 26, 2018

Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage

Yes, that’s a real tweet from Questlove talking about the time he was sued for being offended by racism. Former camera operators on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino, sued Questlove and NBC for $1 million in damages. Here’s the story.

According to Blavity, Decker and Cimino are citing racial discrimination as the reason for their termination. The two filed a lawsuit against the musician and NBC, claiming that Questlove “pressured NBC to fire all of the Caucasian employees involved in the incident.”

According to the lawsuit, “an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from a Tonight Show stagehand” was received. Cimino and Decker claim that Mark Kelley, bass player for The Roots, received the text message as well but faced no disciplinary action thanks to the strong insistence of Questlove. Mark Kelley is African American.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON — Episode 0582 — Pictured: (l-r) Host Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Tariq ?Black Thought? Trotter during “Hashtags” on December 01, 2016 — (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

A rep denied the allegations in a statement to Rolling Stone:

“Questlove denies the ridiculous allegations made in this lawsuit. Racism is REAL and exists throughout the world and for these gentlemen to claim victim is not only disrespectful to Questlove and his bandmates but to all that truly endure racism on a daily basis,” a spokesperson said. “As NBC already stated, the decisions made regarding these employees were made by NBC, alone.”

NBC is maintaining their position with the release of an official statement:

“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.”

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