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Gabrielle Union files complaint against NBC and ‘America’s Got Talent’

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Gabrielle Union filed a complaint Thursday within the state of California against her former employers, NBC and the producers of “America’s Got Talent.”

It is the previous “AGT” choose’s newest transfer since her departure from the competitors collection after she reportedly objected to an on-set atmosphere that allegedly tolerated racism and a usually “poisonous” work tradition.

The complaint filed with the Division of Truthful Employment and Housing says Union, 47, was harassed and discriminated against due to her race, and skilled retaliation for reporting these issues.

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The doc enumerates beforehand reported points that Union, who’s black, had with the present’s acceptance of racist jokes and remarks from judges, and cites criticism she obtained about her hair throughout tapings.

“Union, a black woman, was singled out due to her physical appearance and discriminated against by NBC due to the fact that her hair did not fit within the white image that NBC apparently sought to convey to the audience of AGT,” the complaint states, including {that a} community government and a present producer allegedly “informed Union’s manager that her hair was ‘too wild’ and that it needed to be ‘toned down.’”

'America's Got Talent' judges: Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell 

The complaint additionally accommodates new allegations that NBC Leisure Chairman Paul Telegdy referred to as Union’s brokers to problem unspecified threats, shared confidential info on the controversy with celebrities that the present was seeking to rent, and sought to undermine an investigation of Union’s points.

On Could 27, NBC and the “AGT” producers stated in an announcement to Fox Information that they took Union’s considerations “extremely seriously” and “conducted more than 30 interviews to review the issues raised by Ms. Union” through an exterior investigator.

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However that “through the investigation process, it has been revealed that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union’s appearance and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time,” the assertion continued. “The investigation has shown that the concerns raised by Ms. Union had no bearing on the decision not to exercise the option on her contract.”

Union’s lawyer Bryan Freedman stated the “racial bullying” Union obtained stands in distinction to the community’s latest statements about being outraged by racism and standing with Black Lives Matter.

Gabrielle Union at a photocall for 'America's Got Talent.' 

“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,’” Freedman stated in an announcement. “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.”

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In a brand new assertion to Fox Information on Thursday, NBC stated: “The allegation that anyone involved in this process threatened Ms. Union is categorically untrue. We took Ms. Union‘s concerns seriously, and engaged an outside investigator who found an overarching culture of diversity on the show.  NBCUniversal remains committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect.”

In the meantime, Union’s husband, NBA star Dwyane Wade, defended his household on social media.

Gabrielle Union attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 14 Kick-Off at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 11, 2019 in Pasadena, Calif. 

On Thursday he tweeted: “Y’all have deemed her a liar after months of making an attempt to tell y’all the points within the work place and additionally ensure different staff of shade that comes after her received’t have the identical experiences. As an alternative of wanting through [sic] the lens of somebody who has been an advocate for the black and brown neighborhood, for girls and for rape victims.”

“So as an alternative of creating positive your work atmosphere is a a [sic] higher place for everybody. Y’all have determined that she what? Made all of it up as a result of she misplaced a job? She’s a black girls in Hollywood she has misplaced out on many roles,” Wade continued.

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“When these negotiations started my house started being watched and my family started being followed. My daughter couldn’t even go to swim class without us being trailed by people looking for answers. Well y’all have the answers and y’all still don’t wanna listen to them,” he added.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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