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TV Host Bill Cunningham

Sued ... You Hate Muslims!

5/21/2014 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TV talk show host Bill Cunningham doesn't have a shred of common decency -- or a clue about the Constitution -- according to a woman who says he humiliated her over her religion.

Nicole Johnson -- a devout Muslim -- says she attended a February taping of "The Bill Cunningham Show" in NYC wearing a traditional head covering -- a hijab -- as her religion requires.

Johnson claims in a new lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- show employees forced her to leave her front row seat and sit in the cheap seats ... because they didn't like the way her hijab looked.   She also claims she was prohibited from asking a question during the show.

Johnson says she suffered mental anguish and embarrassment.

We've reached out to the show ... so far, no word back.

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1.

Sher    

Dresses like a muslim but sues like an American. Even learning the phrase "mental anguish" - (I know that being Muslim doesn't mean you are not am American, so don't bother).

152 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

They probably spotted her as a troublemaker from the get-go. Staff is trained to weed those losers out. Frivolous lawsuit and impossible to prove. Drop dead, lady!

152 days ago
3.

hotandcold    

Their show, their rules.

152 days ago
4.

manbearpig    

i wouldn't allow anyone dressed like that in my studio to begin with.

152 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

This is America, take off that dumb rag and embrace the freedom women have here

152 days ago
6.

Horndog    

What is TMZ's (tm) policy on religious affiliation? Harvey worships at the alter of all things Kardashian.

152 days ago
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Harveys_Taint    

Harvey you know quite well the first amendment applies to government restraints, not TV programmers.

152 days ago
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sfalk    

She has the right to wear her hijab and practice her religion regardless of where she is. You ignorant people really think you have a say on what women can and can't wear. Disgusting. She is not a "loser" not is a hijab a "dumb rag" these comments are repulsive and extremely disrespectful.

152 days ago
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CJ    

Women who cover their hair for religion are mentally ill. Religious people in general are mentally ill, imo.

152 days ago
10.

texasannie    

oh look, another whiney muslim. enough. and get that **** off your head already, you're living in America, not the Middle East. everyone does not have to cater to you, your antiquated beliefs and your intolerant religion.

152 days ago
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texasannie    

also, muslims are extremely anti-gay, surprised TMZ would defend her.

152 days ago
12.

Sieron    

I think she was a plant

152 days ago
13.

w    

lmao Bill Cunningham will wipe the floor with her, he's a bad ass. He won't put up with her sh**

152 days ago
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mousetrap    

Yeah, heaven forbid a man in his own studio wants the woman moved back for wearing a hijab. That is just absolutely terrible. But, the twin guys on HGTV can have their show yanked for their off camera religious views. Start paying attention to this stuff, people. The guys at HGTV had their religious rights violated just as much, if not more than, the muslim lady did. But it doesn't matter. The guys at HGTV aren't part of the progressive, liberal agenda. It is startling, disturbing, and very sickening.

152 days ago
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David    

This is not a muslim society and you don't need to impose your religion on us. Religions are man made and this is not a place to impose on us your man made religion.

152 days ago
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