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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