Marlon Wayans is defending his use of the N-word in a new lawsuit, TMZ reports, claiming it's a term of endearment he uses with all his friends regardless of color. The spoof comedian was forced to explain himself after Pierre Daniel, a bit player Wayans hired for a role in A Haunted House 2, sued him for defamation.
The trouble started when Wayans posted a side-by-side photo of Daniel and the animated character Cleveland Brown from The Cleveland Show, comparing the two. He also referred to Daniel as a "n****," according to the suit filed by Daniel.
Wayans explains in court documents that he grew up in the projects of NYC where Black men and women frequently used the n-word as a "colloquial term of camaraderie." He adds that he doesn't restrict use of the word to his Black friends. In fact, his Haunted House 2 co-star Jaime Pressly filed her own declaration for the case, saying, "Mr. Wayans has addressed me as n**** in the past, and frequently uses it as a term of endearment with his friends and family."
As for the photo that started it all, Wayans says that Daniel does, indisputably, look like Cleveland Brown and that's why he was cast in the first place. He adds that Daniel even has a scene in the film in which he's referred to as Cleveland.
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