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Gay Miami Newsman Fired After Filing Complaint

8/7/2009 1:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Gay Miami Newsman Fired After Filing ComplaintAn openly gay Miami news anchor has officially been fired from his job, just one week after the guy filed a sexual discrimination complaint against his bosses -- and the anchor claims the timing is no coincidence.

The man in the center of the controversy is Charles Perez -- who you may remember from "Inside Edition" or his nationally syndicated talk show, "The Charles Perez Show."

The drama all began in June, when Perez was "demoted" from the local ABC nightly evening newscast to the weekend edition -- and Perez claims it was because the station felt he was "becoming too gay" for the public to handle.

Perez decided to file a complaint with the Miami-Dade County Equal Opportunity Board, in which he details a performance review, where one of his bosses warned him that he smiled on air too much and that he and his female co-anchor were "like girlfriends while on the set."

Perez believes he was fired in retaliation for filing the complaint with the EOB. The station claims Perez's recent "actions" left them "no real choice" but to fire him, according to The Miami Herald.

Here's the catch -- the boss who demoted him is himself gay and issued a statement saying, "As a gay man myself, I can safely say the station does not discriminate against gay people." The station also denies the allegation.

But Perez isn't buying it, and tells TMZ he plans on filing a "7 or 8 figure lawsuit" against both the station and it's parent company, the Washington Post.

But there's more -- Perez believes this whole thing started because of a very private email that was hacked out of his computer by an ex-boyfriend and sent to his colleagues at his news station back in March.

Perez claims the email was a private exchange with his therapist, in which "sexual identity" was discussed. Perez claims when his co-workers read the email, they wrongly believed that he wanted to become a woman -- and that's when people at the station began treating him differently.
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J C    


And if He behaves like a fool on the air they can't fire Him because He says He's gay and attributes His silly behavior to a civil right?
Give me a break.
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1872 days ago
32.

Jim Seavers    

Oh give the guy a break man, he is pretty cool!

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1872 days ago
33.

me so horny    

Met him once while he was working in new york and he was a very nice man. I wish him all the best.

1872 days ago
34.

me so horny    

18. balls

Posted at 1:59AM on Aug 7th 2009 by balls

balls is also gay!

1872 days ago
35.

s jules    

He needs a rich, famous gay celebrity/public figure to go to FL and make a huge media deal out of this. Then he would have a good chance of settling out of court with the station. They won’t want the bad press from a long drawn out trial and celebrity attention. Who are good candidates for the celebrity person? Any ideas???

1872 days ago
36.

TMZ FAN    

He can stay at my house .. *I'm just saying

1872 days ago
37.

mojo    

They forgot to mention in the article that he had a huge fight with his ex lover where cops were called to break it up. That is what led to his demotion. Apparently during the huge fight he also chose to say unfavorable things about his co-anchor. So he's not the goody two shoes they are trying to picture in the article. He had issues.

1872 days ago
38.

molly    

"Becoming too gay?" What did he do, go on-air in frilly pink undies?

1872 days ago
39.

Daddy wants some of the pie too.    

As soon as the defense attorney shows the court the ratings this will be over. He'd still have the anchor job if he held the ratings up but he didn't. Not going to get millions from a company because it was doing what a company does. If the viewers quit watching because of his fem mannerisms the court isn't going to punish the station for it. I suppose that when other stations don't hire him (because its going to be hard to find work when you sue the company youre working for) he'll cry discrimination again. People who spout that this victory is going to "set precedent" for gays are naive. Reality is that this guy is going to be laughed out of court and a lot of gays going in for job interviews wont get them because the interviewer will think about what this man did and not take a chance on hiring someone who may pull that at his company. In these days of "Pay for performance" it doesn't matter if youre white, black, hispanic, asian, gay, straight, or a green hermaphrodite from Mars. If you don't meet the numbers things happen.

1872 days ago
40.

Daddy wants some of the pie too.    

CRIPES. 2 WEEKS AGO IT WAS LUCIE KIM SUING MILEY CYRUS FOR 4 BILLION BECAUSE 16 YEAR OLD MILEY WAS "MAKING FUN OF ASIANS" . LAST WEEK PROFESSOR GATES WAS SCREAMING "RACISM" WHEN HE WAS THE ONLY ONE PLAYING THE FOOL AND NOW WE HAVE THIS GUY. WHINING ABOUT LOSING HIS JOB BECAUSE HE'S GAY. HEY. LOSERS. TRY BEING A STRAIGHT WHITE MALE FOR A DAY. MINDING OUR OWN BUSINESS BUT EVERY TIME A MINORITY OF ANY TYPE GETS ARRESTED LOSES A JOB ETC ITS OUR FAULT. WHY DONT YOU CRYBABIES SHOW SOME PRIDE AND STAND ON YOUR OWN 2 FEET AND QUIT BLAMING OTHERS WHEN YOU MESS UP????? SURE WOULD BE NICE TO GO BACK 200 YEARS AND START OVER. SO SICK OF HEARING THIS CRAP.

1872 days ago
41.

London not England    

#6 -Sammy
What the F@#K Do you mean "What a Waste"?!?!?!?!?!? not for us.....

I hear there's some guy in PA that is in DESPERATE NEED FOR A WOMAN...OOOOPS.....
Sorry, he Shot up a bunch of people at a gym, and himself.....

Better luck next time Bitches!!!!

1872 days ago
42.

justsaying    

When are gays and lesbians get it through their heads that they cannot force straight people to love their behavior. They don't like the fact that we are straight, but you don't see us complaining. And seeing a man act like a woman is the most gross thing any sane person can handle. Maybe his ass should have been fired. These guys are reducing real men into nothing.

1872 days ago
43.

Tony    

You go Boi!!! SUE all the way to the bank. He mad because the station manager did not sleep with you and you turn him down!!!! and for the person who said that good for him because he trying to turn people gay. You must be on the DL no one can turn you gay !!!! Wish you all the luck

1872 days ago
44.

Linda Mott    

By his boss saying he was gay himself and that this was not a discrimination case is bogus. When a comedians do jokes about minorities and say they are part of the minority themselves it is still wrong and discrimination. Shame on them for doing this to him. It seems like we are going back and not forward with discrimination.

1872 days ago
45.

Better Than You    

I've been living in South Florida for 34 years, and I've never even heard of this guy..... But I don't watch ABC (WPLG Channel 10) for my local news. I usually watch our NBC local news instead (WTVJ Channel 6), or occasionally WSVN 7.

1872 days ago
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