Gabrielle Union is not done forcing America’s Got Talent to be held accountable for the treatment she received while being a judge on the show. The actress has taken her fight one step further by filing a harassment complaint against the producers and network behind the hit talent show.
On Thursday, “Union, through power attorney Bryan Freedman, filed the complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), naming producers FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco as well as NBCUniversal. DFEH complaints are often precursors to lawsuits,” according to Variety.
The complaint also came with new information: Gabrielle is accusing NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy of threatening her over speaking out against racism on set!
The timing of this complaint comes on the heels of NBC claiming to be standing in solidarity with Black people and tweeting their outrage over racism.
— NBC Entertainment (@nbc) June 1, 2020
In a statement from Union’s attorney, he used those same words to show how empty they were coming from NBC…
“When Gabrielle Union informed NBC of racially offensive conduct during the taping of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ NBC did not ‘stand’ with her in ‘outrage at acts of racism. Instead, NBC did not care enough to either promptly investigate Ms. Union’s complaints or even ask HR to get involved. Rather, NBC stood against her and directed its “outrage” at Ms. Union for whistleblowing about the racially offensive conduct she experienced while working for NBC on ‘America’s Got Talent’.”
“In sharp contrast to NBC’s recent statement on race, what was truly an “outrage” was the fact that Paul Telegdy, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, actually threatened Ms. Union in an attempt to silence her from telling the truth about racist actions that took place on the show. There is no place for this type of racial bullying in the workplace, and it is going to take more than a Tweet from NBC to demonstrate that NBC intends to create an environment free from racism.”
Of course, NBC hasn’t responded, but we’re waiting with baited breath to see what they have to say.
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