Marlon Wayans Wins Defamation Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24:  Actor Marlon Wayans attends the Republic Records Official MTV VMA After-Party at Project La on August 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)

Marlon Wayans Wins Defamation Lawsuit

Actor was sued after comparing movie extra to Cleveland Brown.

Published January 6, 2015

Marlon Wayans landed a legal victory this week when a judge decided to throw out a lawsuit against him by an actor whom he compared to the character Cleveland Brown.

Pierre Daniel, who had a bit part in A Haunted House 2, claims Wayans "racially harassed" him on the set of the film by posting a side-by-side pic of him with the cartoon character on social media, captioning it, "Tell me this n***a don't look like ... THIS N***a!!! Ol Cleveland Brown a** lookin."

The judge felt it was a fair comment, ruling, "The Cleveland Brown character, like [Pierre], obviously black, heavy ... with curly 'Afro' hair were all incorporated humorously into the filming of the scene."

The judge also incited freedom on speech in his ruling, noting that stereotypes are Wayans's stock in trade.

The actor tells TMZ, "I am grateful that the judge upheld our constitutional rights of free speech. It's the first amendment and probably the most important for a comedian. This is also a stride toward protecting public figures from often bogus claims and lawsuits. I am grateful, now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go watch reruns of The Cleveland Show." 

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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