"Treme" Star Rob Brown Settles Racial Profiling Suit Against Macy's, New York City
(NEW YORK) -- Rob Brown, best known for his role as trumpet player Delmond Lambreaux on the HBO series Treme, is settling his racial profiling lawsuits against Macy's and the City of New York, according to the New York Daily News.
In court papers obtained by the newspaper, Manhattan Federal Judge Lorna Schofield writes, “The court has been informed that the parties have reached a settlement in principle.”
The 30-year-old actor claimed he was handcuffed, “paraded” through the Macy’s flagship store in New York City's Herald Square, and detained in June of last year after being accused of using a fake credit card to buy his mother a $1,300 watch.
In his complaint, Brown alleged false imprisonment, negligent training and civil rights violations. He was seeking unspecified money damages and a court order forcing Macy’s and the NYPD to stop the alleged practice of targeting minorities who shop at high-end stores.
A spokeswoman for Macy’s tells the Daily News, “The lawsuits by various plaintiffs who alleged racial profiling by Macy’s have been settled in principle. We are making no further comment.”
The spokeswoman adds, “Our company strictly prohibits discrimination of any kind and has zero tolerance for racial profiling.”
A lawyer for the city says, “A settlement has been reached in principle, but the details are still being finalized.”
Brown’s lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, confirmed the report, but declined to comment on the terms of the settlement.
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