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Actor Snipes’ Racism Claims Found Irrelevant


— November 11, 2005

Blade

A Los Angeles judge has struck allegations of racial bias from Wesley Snipes’ suit against the makers of “Blade: Trinity,” saying that whatever slights the actor may have suffered on the set are irrelevant to his breach-of-contract claims.

The original complaint filed in April alleged that director David Goyer treated Snipes differently from other members of the “Blade: Trinity” cast and crew because of his African-American race. This “racially-motivated treatment” entitled him to damages under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Snipes, however, withdrew the Title VII claim from an amended complaint and proceeded only with allegations that the breaches of contract and other behavior of the defendants were motivated by racial bias.

The judge granted defendants’ Motion to Strike, finding “that the discriminatory treatment allegations are irrelevant.” Details here from Courthouse News Service.


Blade

A Los Angeles judge has struck allegations of racial bias from Wesley Snipes’ suit against the makers of “Blade: Trinity,” saying that whatever slights the actor may have suffered on the set are irrelevant to his breach-of-contract claims.

The original complaint filed in April alleged that director David Goyer treated Snipes differently from other members of the “Blade: Trinity” cast and crew because of his African-American race. This “racially-motivated treatment” entitled him to damages under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Snipes, however, withdrew the Title VII claim from an amended complaint and proceeded only with allegations that the breaches of contract and other behavior of the defendants were motivated by racial bias.

The judge granted defendants’ Motion to Strike, finding “that the discriminatory treatment allegations are irrelevant.” Details here from Courthouse News Service.

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