Fashion Blogger Sues BET over Attire Clash

by | August 8, 2013 at 8:02 AM | Black Entertainment, TV News

Fashion and advice columnist B. Scott (Photo: B.Scott/Bravo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A transgendered style correspondent who says BET made him tone down his feminine look on the network’s pre-awards show last month has filed a lawsuit against the network’s parent company for discrimination, wrongful termination and emotional distress.

B. Scott, who was born Brandon Sessoms, is seeking $2.5 million in damages from BET parent company Viacom after he said he was told to change his outfit at last month’s BET Awards to a more conservative suit, tie his long hair back in a ponytail and not wear heels. The fashion blogger said that even after he changed, he was replaced by another correspondent.

“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 called the incident a “misunderstanding” and said it regretted any “unintentional offense” in a statement last month.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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