5:21pm PT by Ashley Cullins
NBCUniversal Sued by 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Extra Who Says He Was Taunted by Caterer
A Brooklyn Nine-Nine extra says a caterer refused to serve him an omelet on-set and taunted him because he's Asian, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court.
Kwon Kang says he was dressed in costume as a police officer when he tried to order breakfast on-set in January 2016, and a Limelight Catering employee told him he "refuses to serve food to police officers because his brother was killed by a police officer."
He says he thought the man was kidding, so he asked again. That's when Kang says other chefs and crew members started laughing at him, leaving him humiliated.
"Soon thereafter the crew members stopped laughing and Limelight's employee told the plaintiff he will serve him food now," writes attorney Jamie Jiyoon Kim in the complaint. "Despite the oppressive and discriminative behavior by Limelight's employee, Plaintiff was thankful and he expressed his gratitude." But, Kang says, he still wasn't served and became even more embarrassed.
According to the complaint, the employee served other background actors who were wearing the same police uniform, and Kang was the only Asian among them.
He is suing Limelight for assault, racial discrimination and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and NBC for failure to maintain a harassment-free environment. He's seeking $500,000 in punitive damages plus lost earnings.
A letter from NBC to Kang is attached to the suit. It says the company investigated the incident after the actor brought it to the attention of SAG-AFTRA and was unable to substantiate his allegations of verbal harassment or inappropriate conduct — but it used the complaint as an opportunity to remind crew members of policies prohibiting discrimination.
NBC and Limelight did not comment on the suit, which is posted in full below.