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Netflix extra says he was assaulted on set, called a ‘monkey’
By Priscilla DeGregory
September 13, 2019 | 5:36pm

A black extra working on the set of Netflix show “Seven Seconds” claims an angry caterer roughed him up and called him a “monkey” before getting him arrested and eventually fired, according to a new lawsuit.

Philip Williams filed the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit against Central Casting — who he’d worked for since 2008 — over the April 1, 2017, incident when a man named Jonathan of Craft Services that catered the New Jersey set, allegedly repeatedly tried to block him from eating.

Williams said the extras were told the food was available to them throughout the shoot, so when he pushed back, Jonathan “became irate,” screamed profanities at him and told him not to come back to his table, the court papers say.

When Williams tried to go to the food table again during a 15-minute break, Jonathan intercepted saying, “I thought I told you not to come back to my table!” the court documents claim.

Williams told Jonathan he was in a union and entitled to eat. But then Jonathan allegedly screamed “monkey” at him , punched him and “tackled him to the ground,” causing Williams to fall “over a hand truck directly behind him,” the suit charges.

Williams said his legs, hands and elbows were injured in the scuffle.

The cops came and arrested him despite the fact that Jonathan “was the initial aggressor,” the court papers say.

Three days later, Central Casting sent Williams an email telling him he was fired, the suit says.

Russell Hornsby with Regina King in a scene from “Seven Seconds."Russell Hornsby with Regina King in a scene from “Seven Seconds.”
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“Despite that Mr. Williams was assaulted on the production set, defendant unlawfully terminated his employment due to his African American race,” the court documents allege.

“It’s 2019, it shouldn’t take a law firm kicking down their door to teach Central Casting that you can’t fire a man because a caterer called him a monkey and assaulted him,” Williams’ lawyer, Vincent White, said. “This was clearly victim blaming and retaliation, we need to do better.”

Central Casting did not immediately return a request for comment.

The 2018 miniseries crime drama starring Emmy-winner Regina King is about a white police officer that fatally runs over a black teenager on a bike in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park.
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