Monday, September 26, 2022

Dwyane Wade Says Family Was ‘Watched’ Amid Gabrielle Union’s AGT Controversy

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade

*Following news that Gabrielle Union has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the producers of “America’s Got Talent,” her husband Dwyane Wade is speaking out about how the controversy impacted their family. 

“When these negotiations started my house started being watched and my family started being followed,” Wade wrote on Twitter Thursday.

“My daughter couldn’t even go to swim class without us being trailed by people looking for answers. Well y’all have the answers and y’all still don’t wanna listen to them,” he continued.

When it comes to how AGT and NBCUniversal treated his wife, Wade noted, “Y’all have deemed her a liar after months of trying to inform y’all of the issues in the work place and also make sure other employees of color that comes after her won’t have the same experiences.”

“Instead of looking thru the lens of someone who has been an advocate for the black and brown community, for women and for rape victims,” Wade continued.

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“So instead of making sure your work environment is a better place for everyone. Y’all have decided that she what? Made it all up because she lost a job? She’s a black woman in Hollywood she has lost out on many jobs,” he added.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Union’s attorney Bryan Freedman said: “Gabrielle Union informed NBC of racially offensive conduct during the taping of America’s Got Talent, NBC did not ‘stand’ with her in ‘outrage at acts of racism.’ Instead, NBC did not care enough to either promptly investigate Ms. Union’s complaints or even ask HR to get involved.”

“Rather, NBC stood against her and directed its ‘outrage’ at Ms. Union for whistleblowing about the racially offensive conduct she experienced while working for NBC on America’s Got Talent,” he said.

He also called out NBC’s recent support of the Black Lives Matter movement in response to the killing of George Floyd

“In sharp contrast to NBC’s recent statement on race, what was truly an ‘outrage’ was the fact that Paul Telegdy, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, actually threatened Ms. Union in an attempt to silence her from telling the truth about racist actions that took place on the show,” Freedman said. “There is no place for this type of racial bullying in the workplace, and it is going to take more than a Tweet from NBC to demonstrate that NBC intends to create an environment free from racism.”

In the complaint, Union says she was “singled out due to her physical appearance and discriminated against by NBC due to the fact that her hair did not fit within the white image that NBC apparently sought to convey to the AGT audience.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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