Singer Cher is being sued for apparently complaining about having too many Black people on stage during her performances.
TMZ first broke the story, choreographer Kevin Wilson was helping the singer audition dancers for her “Dressed to Kill” tour in 2014 when he claims he told her he liked “a minority dancer.” In response, Cher said: “We have too much color onstage.”
In the lawsuit filed by attorney Perry Wander, Wilson, who is Black, claims the “Believe” singer told him to instead find a white, blonde dancer. He was then told to “not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour.
Per the suit, obtained by TMZ, there was an incident that took place this past June in Louisville, that ultimately led to Wilson’s firing. The choreographer claims that after a show in Louisville, one of the dancers got aggressive with a female fan in his hotel room. Cher allegedly tried to cover it up, and instead of reprimanding the dancer, she fired Wilson and two other
a male dancer invited a female fan to his hotel room and allegedly got sexually aggressive. The suit claims Cher tried to cover it up … keeping the male dancer in the show and firing three snitches, including Wilson.
“These are ridiculous allegations,” Cher’s rep told the news outlet. “They couldn’t be further from the truth.” Cher’s lawyer zeroed in on the alleged racial statement, calling it “untrue and categorically denied,” adding, “To attribute such a statement to Cher is absurd.”
Wilson is claiming racial discrimination and retaliation.
Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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