Gabrielle Union is standing firm and doing her legal due diligence to hold America’s Got Talent producers accountable for firing her after she exposed the racism on-set of the popular TV show.
Union filed a harassment complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against AGT’s production companies FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco, Variety reports. She also claimed NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy threatened her after she became a “whistleblower.
NBC denied Union’s allegations, in a statement to Variety, saying,
“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.”
According to Unions attorney Bryan Freedman, Telegdy threatened Union through her agent, which doesn’t absolve him from “wrongful conduct.”
“On or about February 4, 2020, Telegdy threatened Union through her agent and warned Union’s agent that Union had better cease from pursuing her claims of racism while filming AGT. To hide behind the fact that Telegdy did not call her directly but her agent instead does not absolve him from his wrongful conduct. Should Mr. Telegdy wish to see phone records or call sheets from the date of his threat, we can make those available for the world to see,” Freedman wrote in response to NBC’s statement.
Union first raised concern about AGT’s discriminatory behavior six months ago and NBC has done everything to paint her out to be a liar, which Dwyane Wade notes in a Tweet defending his wife.
With uniform protests taking place around the nation, raising awareness about systematic racism, police brutality and the unfair treatment of Black people, NBC might want to reconsider their approach to Union’s claims and issue an apology for their unprofessional behavior in the first place.