Style expert B. Scott is suing the BET network for $2.5 million for being forced to wear men’s clothes during an awards red carpet show in June.
Scott claims to have been humiliated and in the lawsuit states BET is guilty of discrimination based on gender identity as well as sexual orientation, according to TMZ.com.
Scott arrived to be style correspondent for the red carpet pre-show of the BET Awards wearing a flowing black tunic and black pants.
After the first segment of the pre-show, the lawsuit claims Scott was pulled backstage and ordered to ‘mute the makeup,’ to pull back the hair and remove the women’s wear which included heels.
Scott is a contributing editor to The Glam Network and an Ebony Magazine advice columnist later complained via Twitter saying: ‘I wasn’t going to say anything but my spirit is truly hurt.’
In an open letter to BET today, Scott wrote in part: ‘It’s not just about the fact that BET forced me to pull my hair back, asked me to take off my makeup, made me changed my clothes and prevented me from wearing a heel. It’s more so that from the mentality and environment created by BET made me feel less than and that something was wrong with who I am as a person.’
BET has not yet commented on the lawsuit but following conversations with GLAAD in June, the network issued an apology.
‘The incident with B. Scott was a singular one with a series of unfortunate miscommunications from both parties,’ the network stated. ‘We regret any unintentional offense to B. Scott and anyone within the LGBT community and we seek to continue embracing all gender expressions.’