How B. Scott’s Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against BET May Have Backfired
In April, we told you that a judge dismissed media personality B. Scott’s gender discrimination lawsuit against BET Networks. As you may recall, B sued the network after he was snatched off of the red carpet during a pre-show at the 2013 BET Awards following a dispute over his attire. According to B, BET executives discriminated against him because he is a transgender individual. Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos, however, saw things differently. She ruled in favor of BET, stating that the First Amendment gives BET the right to dress its television hosts however they’d like. Following the announcement of his legal loss, B vowed not to give up in his fight against the network.
“It’s unfortunate that Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos presiding over today’s motion failed to consider the facts in their entirety, especially pertaining to a case as unique as this one,” B said in a statement. It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn’t a message of acceptance, but rather it’s acceptable to discriminate against transgender individuals on the basis of their gender identity and expression – and that such discriminatory acts are protected under the first amendment.
As my attorney and I seek to appeal the judge’s decision on the motion to strike in the California Court of Appeal, we’re continuing to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community and to remind the world that it’s ok to be who you are.”
According to TMZ, losing the case against BET left B responsible for the network’s attorney’s fees, which came up to nearly $300,000. BET, however, offered to let B off of the hook with paying just $150,000 if he promised not to proceed with his planned appeal. B rejected the offer and went ahead with his appeal anyway. Now, BET is pursuing legal action against him for the fees. B, however, is refusing to back down.
“No one will tell me who I should be, how I should present myself, or what I do with my life,” he told TMZ.”
A judge will determine what will happen regarding the fees.
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