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Transgender style correspondent B. Scott (Brandon Sessoms) has decided to sue BET for discrimination over an incident that occurred during the BET Awards red carpet. According to B. Scott he was asked to tone down his ‘feminine’ look and go with a more masculine look. He wrote on his website that BET approached him to be a correspondent and they even went over appropriate clothing for the event, but a heat wave took over L.A. and he opted to change his look and the new look was then approved by the BET stylists and producer. he says he was later pulled off the red carpet and told his look was not appropriate and was forced to change the look…he was wearing pants and a long shirt…after changing, pulling back his hair and taking off his makeup…he was told he would be replaced by Adrienne Bailon.
He even adds that a person from P&G, who sponsored part of the event was upset at the situation telling him, “‘We at Procter & Gamble support you and we do not agree with what BET is doing to you’ were extremely comforting. She also explained to me that someone made the call to have me pulled, and that it was the wrong call.”
He adds, “It’s not just about the fact that BET forced me to pull my hair back, asked me to take off my makeup, made me change my clothes and prevented me from wearing a heel. It’s more so that from the mentality and environment created by BET made me feel less than and that something was wrong with who I am as a person.”
B. Scott will be seeking $2.5 million in damages from BET parent company Viacom according to Billboard. “Let’s be clear – I’m suing BET and Viacom for a true public apology and to be fairly remunerated for the time lost, humiliation and emotional distress this entire situation has put me through,” he said in a statement.
Bet released their own statement, “BET Networks embraces global diversity in all its forms and seeks to maintain an inclusive workforce and a culture that values all perspectives and backgrounds. The incident with B. Scott was a singular one with a series of unfortunate miscommunications from both parties. We regret any unintentional offense to B. Scott and anyone within the LGBT community and we seek to continue embracing all gender expressions.”