A choreographer is suing Cher for racial discrimination, claiming she kept him from casting a “minority female dancer” because she felt there were already too many black dancers on the tour.
According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Kevin Wilson tried to cast the dance for Cher’s Dressed 2 Kill tour, but the 68-year-old replied: “We have too much color on stage.”
Wilson goes on to allege that he was told to “not cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour” and instead find someone white and blonde.
The choreographer additionally claims that he was fired alongside two other people for speaking out about a male dancer who allegedly became sexually aggressive with a female fan following a concert in Louisville in June. Wilson alleges that the dancer in question remained in the tour.
He is claiming racial discrimination and retaliation in the lawsuit.
The choreographer states the three people who were fired were told it was due to budget cuts, but TMZ reports that the tour has grossed $54.9million.
Cher’s rep told TMZ: “These are ridiculous allegations. They couldn’t be further from the truth.”
The website reports that Cher’s lawyer states the alleged racial comment is “untrue and categorically denied. To attribute such a statement to Cher is absurd.”
Cher finished the first leg of her tour in July, and will start the second leg next month, which begins in Toronto and then travels through the United States, finishing in New York City in December.
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