Teddy Riley Files Discrimination Suit Against Hotel

Veteran R+B producer TEDDY RILEY has filed a lawsuit against a Delaware hotel, claiming he suffered racial discrimination while attempting to use its bathroom facilities.

The former BLACKSTREET star - who has composed hit tracks for musicians including MARY J BLIGE, WHITNEY HOUSTON and MICHAEL JACKSON - alleges that in 2002 a manager at the HAMPTON INN denied him access to a bathroom because he's African-American.

Riley recalls, "He said, 'You can't use the restroom here.' I asked, 'Can I get a room?' He said, 'We have no rooms.'"

According to the court documents, "...the sparsely populated parking lot indicated...the hotel was not fully booked" so Riley went to his tour bus and booked a room by phone. He says soon afterwards, four police cars arrived.

He tells American TV show CELEBRITY JUSTICE, "Two came to the bus, two went to the door, as if we were trying to rob this guy, or something."

According to Riley, the police told him that the night manager's reason for not allowing him to use the restroom was simply because he didn't like the way he looked.

He says, "It's really sad...I think that we all should be treated equal. Riley, who's currently working with JENNIFER LOPEZ, claims he suffered "psychological injuries" and "lost wages and earnings" because of the incident.

At the time he backed out of an agreement to produce Michael Jackson's NUMBER ONES album.

Bosses at HILTON HOTELS, which owns the Hampton Inn chains, says they do not comment on pending litigation.

20/05/2004 01:39


Tags: Mary J Blige - Whitney Houston - Jennifer Lopez


More Mary J Blige

Mary J. Blige - A Night to Remember Video

'A Night To Remember' is one of two promotional singles from Mary J. Blige's recently released soundtrack album for the romantic comedy 'Think Like a...

Mary J. Blige - Stay With Me Video

Mary J Blige joins Sam Smith for a live duet of his number one single 'Stay With Me'. The track featured on his debut studio...

Mary J. Blige - Suitcase Video

'Suitcase' is the new single from Mary J. Blige's soundtrack album 'Think Like A Man Too (Music From & Inspired by the Film)' released through...

Garth Brooks' Box Set Debuts At No. 1 As Britney Spears Struggles To Make An Impact On Billboard 200

Garth Brooks released his new box set, Blame It All on My Roots, to an eager fan-base last week, who have managed to see it...


Black Nativity Trailer

Christmas time is coming but for young Langston, happy holidays aren't going to come easy. He is forced to take a trip to Harlem, New...

Black Nativity Trailer

Langston Hughes is a street-smart teenager whose life gets complicated when his beloved mother, with whom he lives alone, gets handed an eviction notice from...

Mary J Blige Tax Lien - State Of New Jersey Wants $900,000 From Cash-Troubled Singer

A new Mary J Blige tax lien indicates that the singer is far from being in the clear when it comes to her financial woes....

Is The Cat Out Of The Bag? Rolling Stones To Headline Coachella Festival 2013?

Are The Rolling Stones lined up to headline Coachella Festival in 2013?It looks as though the people that make the band’s official iPhone app may...



Mary J Blige Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Mary J Blige

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All