Questlove Is The Racial Discrimination Lawsuit "Lack Of Respect"
The Roots drummer also calls the accusations "ridiculous".
The Roots' Questlove, and NBC — the network that airs The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon! — has been named in a discrimination lawsuit by two of the ex-cameramen, according to The Explosion. Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino argue The Roots drummer attacked by the termination because they are white. Questlove has denied the allegations and found "disrespectful".
"Questlove denies the ridiculous allegations made in the complaint," Questlove the representative told HipHopDX in a statement. "Racism is REAL and exists all over the world, and for these gentlemen to the claim of the victim is not only a lack of respect to Questlove and his band mates, but to all who truly endure racism on a daily basis."
The representative concluded, "NBC has already been indicated, the decisions taken with regard to these employees were made by the NBC alone."
As indicated in the lawsuit, Decker and Cimino received a supposedly "unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from a Tonight Show stagehand" in the past month of June, a text of The Roots of African-American bassist Mark Kelley also received. Both Decker and Cimino, claim that they did not answer and, instead, reported that one of the Roots of an administrator and an NBC technician in charge of the production.
After Decker and Cimino were suspended, they claim Questlove "pushed NBC to shoot all of the Caucasian employees involved in the incident," and he wanted Kelley out of the hook.
Decker and Cimino are both seeking a million dollars in damages.