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Judge Judy is going to court.

Not former Putnam Valley resident and famous TV magistrate Judy Sheindlin herself, mind you. But a supervisor on her daytime courtroom show, along with Paramount, Big Ticket Television and CBS are named in a wrongful termination suit filed in L.A. County Superior Court Dec. 26.

It seems that Jonathan Sebastien, a former producer who was fired from the show last March after seven years, alleges an ongoing effort by his superiors to keep black people off the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s entertainment and media law blog. (TMZ also has the story.) Sebastien would pitch cases involving blacks only to have them rejected and mocked, the complaint contends.

Among the discriminatory comments he charges were made by producers in screening cases were, “we’re not doing any  more black shows.”; “I don’t want to hear no black language on the t.v.”; and “I don’t want to hear black people arguing.”

The Reporter has uploaded the entire complaint, which you can read here if you really want.

Photo: Judge Judy Sheindlin presides over a case as her bailiff Petri Hawkins Byrd listens on the set of her syndicated show “Judge Judy,” Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006, at the Tribune Studios in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 at 4:46 pm by Brian Howard. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Judge Judy, Judy Sheindlin



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