Gabrielle Union has filed a new harassment complaint against the producers of America’s Got Talent, including NBC Universal and Simon Cowell’s Syco.
Included in the complaint, per Variety, is an accusation that Paul Telegdy—NBC Entertainment chairman—threatened her in connection with going public about on-set racism. That threat, attorney Bryan Freedman has since explained in response to a statement of denial from NBCUniversal, was part of an effort to silence Union from “telling the truth” about the show.
“When Gabrielle Union informed NBC of racially offensive conduct during the taping of Americas Got Talent, NBC did not ‘stand’ with her in ‘outrage at acts of racism,'” Freedman said.
The wording of Freedman’s comments, notably, is a reference to NBCUniversal’s recent public statement amid worldwide protests pushing for social justice:
The complaint filed with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which also names FremantleMedia, is expected to mark a “precursor” to an eventual lawsuit from Union.
Speaking on the news, Dwyane Wade—Union’s husband—recalled having been “watched” and “followed” when the America’s Got Talent controversy first began.
“Y’all have the answers and y’all still don’t wanna listen to them,” he said Thursday.
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