Questlove denies “ridiculous allegations” made in racial discrimination lawsuit
Yesterday, TMZ reported that Questlove was sued for racial discrimination by former The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon camera operators Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino. The story was that Decker, Cimino, and Questlove's Roots bandmate Mark Kelley received a racist text from a stagehand, and that the camera operators told NBC execs about the text "in an attempt to distance themselves" from it. Questlove reportedly "got wind of this and demanded that NBC fire the camera operators, which NBC did."
Questlove has now responded in a statement that his rep gave to Billboard. "Questlove denies the ridiculous allegations made in this lawsuit," his rep said. "Racism is REAL and exists throughout the world and for these gentlemen to claim victim is not only disrespectful to Questlove and his band mates, but to all that truly endure racism on a daily basis. As NBC already stated, the decisions made regarding these employees were made by NBC, alone."