Johnny Gill was recently assaulted for dining while black, according to Courthouse News Service. The “My, My, My” singer was attacked at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills by a drunk white patron who beat him until he could not perform while hurling racist remarks.
Gill says the hotel staff did not intervene at any time during the incident nor did they prevent his racist attacker from becoming drunk, which influenced his violent behavior. He’s seeking $1 million in damages for negligence, failure to intervene, failure to exercise reasonable care, pain and suffering and medical expenses.
According to the lawsuit, the Grammy Award winner was talking to friends on August 23, 2011 at 11PM in the hotel when a drunk white patron began spewing racial insults. He was then pushed against a heating lamp, causing significant bodily harm.
Said harm rendered Gill unable to perform which resulted in loss of earnings. The lawsuit reads:
“Plaintiff is African American and this individual who uttered these racially charged negatives remarks was Caucasian.
“Plaintiff objected to these unsolicited remarks and when he did so, this individual pushed plaintiff with such force and intensity that plaintiff was thrust up against a heating lamp causing great bodily injury with resulting pain and suffering, major medical expenses and loss of earnings as plaintiff was unable to perform as an entertainer, plaintiff’s extremely successful and lucrative chosen profession for over 20 years.
“At no time did defendant’s security employees, staff or representative offer any assistance to plaintiff nor did any such intervene to protect plaintiff, prevent the individual from becoming inebriated and thus behaving in an unruly manner the result of which was the assault that was committed on plaintiff and the resulting injuries to plaintiff.”
If the hotel staff let this racially-motivated attack go on uninterrupted, Johnny Gill deserves every penny.