Questlove sued for racial discrimination

Two former “Tonight Show” employees claim NBC fired them at the behest of Questlove.


Questlove has reportedly been sued for racial discrimination, according to TMZ.

Camera operators Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino filed a lawsuit against the musician and NBC, claiming that Questlove “pressured NBC to fire all of the Caucasian employees involved in the incident,” first reported by The Blast.

Decker and Cimino claim they, as well as Roots bassist Mark Kelley, received “an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from a Tonight Show stagehand” in June.The two men claim in the lawsuit, acquired by the Daily News, that they reported the text to The Roots manager and an NBC technical production manager. They say they were both suspended, but Kelley was not.

The lawsuit also claims that Questlove wanted “all of the Caucasian employees involved” fired, including Decker and Cimino, but no punishment for Kelley.In the lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court on Wednesday, Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino also allege that Questlove (above), the drummer of “Tonight Show” house band The Roots, demanded their firing.Decker and Cimino say that they had more than 40 combined years of “spotless” employment at NBC. However, they say, on June 19, 2017, while working on “The Tonight Show,” they received an “unsolicited racist and misogynist text” from a show stagehand, as did Roots member Mark Kelley (identified as “Mark Kelly” in the lawsuit).

In a statement to TheWrap, an NBC spokesperson said, “NBC is committed to providing a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We have strong policies in place that protect against discrimination in any form. The decision about these plaintiffs was the company’s alone.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages, but says that the Plaintiffs are believed to have suffered injury “in excess of $1 million each.”

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