'Bachelor' Claims Casting Protected By First Amendment In Racial Discrimination Suit: [ send to a friend ]
ABC has responded to the racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' by a group of Nashville residents.
In the lawsuit, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, both African-Americans, said they were suing the reality shows because "over 10 years and a combined total of 23 seasons, neither show has ever featured a single person of color in the central role of the 'Bachelor' or 'Bachelorette.'"
But in court documents filed this week, ABC's lawyers say the case should be dismissed because they are protected by the constitution.
"Television casting decisions are protected by the First Amendment," the documents state.
The first amendment says "congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
ABC wants to file a motion to dismiss the case and is requesting it be transferred from U.S. District Court in Tennessee to Los Angeles because all seasons of the show were cast there and where they could find "virtually all of the material witnesses."
The Nashville residents maintain that the alleged discrimination occurred in Tennessee, so the case should not be moved.