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Diddy Shows Support for Byron Allen Amid Discrimination Battle Against Comcast

Diddy Shows Support for Byron Allen Amid Discrimination Battle Against Comcast

(Complex)

Diddy has released a lengthy statement in response to his REVOLT network being referenced by Comcast amid Supreme Court proceedings sparked by allegations of racial discrimination.

"My name and my network, REVOLT, have been mentioned recently by Comcast in reference to the Comcast/Byron Allen US Supreme Court case as an example of Comcast's inclusive practices with respect to African American owned cable networks," Diddy said in a statement released in full via the REVOLT site Thursday. "While it is true that we are in business with Comcast, it is not accurate to use my name or my network as an example of inclusion."

As Diddy explained, Comcast's efforts to bring about dismissal of the suit from Allen—CEO of production company Entertainment Studios—has potential ramifications that span far beyond the world of cable companies. Comcast's legal approach, Diddy said, "could weaken fundamental civil rights protections" for others.

"I have a problem with this," Diddy said, pointing to the Civil Rights Act of 1866 as being put into place to prevent these exact practices.

"Comcast is arguing that this law only applies if racial discrimination is the only factor that leads to a refusal to do business, which would be extremely hard to prove," he added. "If they are successful, it will become much harder for any victim of discrimination to seek justice in court."




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