Cher Sued by Black Backup Dancers

Cher Sued by Black Backup Dancers

Singer accused of wrongful termination, favoring white talent during Dressed to Kill tour.

Published September 19, 2014

A trio of backup dancers are accusing Cher of wrongful termination and racial discrimination in a lawsuit filed Thursday (Sept. 19), reports the Associated Press.  

The suit states that the 68-year-old singer requested white dancers over Black dancers and remarked during a casting that it was “too much color on stage.” Two of the three people suing are Black, including Kevin Wilson, a choreographer. Wilson claims in legal documents that Cher wanted white, blonde female dancers for the 2014 Dressed to Kill tour, and told him “not to cast any more dark skinned Black dancers.”

Cher’s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, called the allegations “ridiculous” and specifically pointed out the racism claims as “untrue and categorically denied.” The rep added, ”To attribute such a statement to Cher is absurd.”

According to the lawsuit, the dancers were fired for snitching on a male dancer who assaulted an unnamed woman in a hotel room in June. The dancers were told that they were let go due to budget cuts.

"Cher was personally involved in the cover up of a sexual assault against a female fan by one of her other male dancers while on Cher's Dressed to Kill tour," the suit states.

The tour was a massive success grossing close to $55 million. 

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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