Tyrese’s Lawsuit Against The Home Depot Heats Up As The Store Accuses Him Of ‘Exaggerated Theatrics’

The singer is seeking $1 million in damages.

The case between Tyrese and The Home Depot is far from over.

In August 2023, the singer filed a $1 million lawsuit against the home improvement store, accusing the corporation of racial profiling. While addressing his claims, the franchise has reportedly provided new insight into what occurred on the day in question, according to Radar Online.

According to court documents obtained by the outlet, Tyrese approached a cashier's register with multiple items to purchase but left the store for over 25 minutes. After that, the cashier had to clear the transaction.

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In his suit that he filed last year, Tyrese painted a different picture of what happened. 

The singer claims he exited the store after fans started to notice who he was. Then, he decided to wait in his vehicle while his associates –Eric Mora and Manuel Hernandez– completed their transaction with his credit card. 

The “Baby Boy” star reportedly told the cashier of his plans. According to the suit, "Gibson asked the cashier if the cashier needed anything further from him to complete the transaction. The cashier said no, and that Gibson could leave."

However, the store associate refused to complete the transaction, even after the actor called on FaceTime, and even returned to the store to complete the order.

Tyrese, along with his associates, claimed they had “experienced outrageous discriminatory mistreatment and consumer racial profiling first-hand” by the store.

The "Lately" singer has filed a new motion accusing the store of not providing requested documents and not making its employee witnesses available for depositions. The store argues they are not at will to do so until he agrees to a protective order, but Tyrese does not agree with that.

“[Tyrese], a celebrity with 19.5 million Instagram followers, has publicly posted information – such as the video recordings taken on the date of the incident, which were objected to by at least one employee," said counsel for The Home Depot. "These postings were then shared and reposted including by media outlets. A protective order will prevent public dissemination of private communications of non-parties that were never intended to be public.”

The store also accuses Tyrese of using “exaggerated theatrics on the date of the incident.”

In response to providing security footage, the franchise asserted, "CCTV footage is not made available to the public and, due to the camera locations, captures private and sensitive customer information.”

Still, lawyers will only agree to turn over the CCTV footage when a protective order is in place.

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