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Black Phoenix man who was kicked out of AMC movie even though he showed ticket is suing for $100,000

Two years after a video went viral that appeared to show a black man in Phoenix being kicked out of an AMC movie theater by police – even though he had a ticket – he’s now suing the chain for $100,000. 

Lawyers for Larry Shelton filed the civil suit in Maricopa County Superior Court on Wednesday. One of his attorneys is noted civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.

The complaint alleges three counts of negligence and one count of intentional infliction of emotional distress, as well as allegations of racial profiling, harassment, and false statements made about Shelton.

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Larry Shelton is now suing AMC two years after an incident of alleged racial profiling

Larry Shelton is now suing AMC two years after an incident of alleged racial profiling

Larry Shelton is now suing AMC two years after an incident of alleged racial profiling

The lawsuit comes from a March 2019 incident when Shelton was accused of sneaking into a showing of Captain Marvel, despite having proof that he purchased a movie ticket

The lawsuit comes from a March 2019 incident when Shelton was accused of sneaking into a showing of Captain Marvel, despite having proof that he purchased a movie ticket

The lawsuit comes from a March 2019 incident when Shelton was accused of sneaking into a showing of Captain Marvel, despite having proof that he purchased a movie ticket

‘I just want justice to be done so no one, no other black person, would ever have to endure that embarrassment or the anxiety of feeling like you’re a thief when I clearly wasn’t,’ Shelton said in a news conference Wednesday.

‘It seems like you always have to prove yourself, by being a black person, when someone white is accusing you of something,’ said Shelton, whose age wasn’t given in the initial court filing.

According to the Arizona Republic , Shelton has not been to a movie theater since the incident on March 8, 2019.

‘He had to, as so often many African Americans have to do, fight against the presumption of guilt, fight against the presumption of being illegitimate, fight against the presumption of being the stereotype that many in society place upon African American,’ Crump said of his client.

Shelton was attending a screening of Captain Marvel at AMC Ahwatukee 24 when a security guard asked him to leave, despite the movie already being well underway.

The manager of the theater (right) also refused Shelton's refund request after the removal

The manager of the theater (right) also refused Shelton's refund request after the removal

The manager of the theater (right) also refused Shelton’s refund request after the removal 

‘I’m at the movies,’ Shelton said in a series of videos he recorded after returning from a concession run. ‘I paid to get in here and one of the people out of the blue said I did not pay and did not have a ticket. Now I’m taping everything.’

Shelton, who later posted the videos to Facebook, insists that he paid admission to get into the theater, but the security guard is unfazed by his pleas.

‘This is very disrespectful to me and everybody else in here,’ Shelton continues, waiting for the police to arrive.

In later footage, Shelton leaves the theater with police and security as a manager, who is white, accusing him of entering the theater through an exit door, according to the New York Post.

Shelton then pulls out his ticket.

‘Now what’s that ticket say on there, sir? What does it say?’

Nevertheless, the manager forces Shelton to leave, saying ‘I will give you a card, but we’re gonna have to ask you to leave. We’re not letting you stay.’

Shelton, top left, is being represented by several lawyers in this case, including Ben Crump, seen bottom right, in a recent Zoom call on the case

Shelton, top left, is being represented by several lawyers in this case, including Ben Crump, seen bottom right, in a recent Zoom call on the case

Shelton, top left, is being represented by several lawyers in this case, including Ben Crump, seen bottom right, in a recent Zoom call on the case

Shelton asks for a refund on the way out, which he is refused, supposedly because he caused a commotion in the theater by turning his cellphone flashlight on.

AMC released a statement in the immediate aftermath of the incident, saying it ‘deeply regrets that this avoidable situation occurred’ and stating the situation should’ve been handled differently.

‘Equality is of the utmost importance to AMC, which is why unconscious bias training is required for all AMC management associates, and we will be reinforcing that training at this theatre,’ the statement concluded.

After the incident, Shelton told the Arizona Republic that he received an email apology and a voucher for a free movie, soda, and popcorn.

He instead demanded more diversity training and the firing of the manager of the theater.

The lawsuit was filed now due to a two-year statute of limitations coming up, as attempts to settle the matter privately with AMC failed, his attorneys said.

Source: Daily Mail |World News

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