Singer Cher is being sued for allegedly complaining she had too many black dancers.
Choreographer Kevin Wilson has filed legal documents against the ‘Believe’ hitmaker for racial discrimination and retaliation, and in his claim he states the 68-year-old singer told him to find a white, blonde dancer while auditioning for hopefuls for her 2014 ‘Dressed to Kill’ tour after he said he liked a “minority female dancer”.
According to Kevin, Cher said: “We have too much colour onstage” and instructed him “not to cast anymore dark skinned black dancers on the tour.”
According to the lawsuit documents obtained by TMZ, a male dancer invited a female fan to his hotel room after a show in June and got “sexually aggressive” with her, an incident Kevin claims Cher tried to cover up.
The choreographer alleges he and two other whistle-blowers were fired, while the dancer was kept in the show, but they were told they were being dismissed due to “budget cuts”, despite the tour grossing a reported $54.9 million.
A spokesperson for the singer branded the allegations “ridiculous” and any suggestions Cher said anything racist is “absurd”.
“These are ridiculous allegations. They couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Her lawyer said of her alleged racist statements:
“[These are] untrue and categorically denied. To attribute such a statement to Cher is absurd.”