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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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46.

Tsutey    

You can just substitute Muslim for Jewish...so which one are you? A nazi or resistance...your comment will speak for itself.

66 days ago
47.

Veritas    

Majority of the comments regarding this story are truly sickening and repulsive . The lack of empathy shown to this lady is baffling. She did nothing to deserve that level of discrimination. Why do I have a feeling that if this was a nun, or an orthodox Jewish lady(who also wear head covering) the tone of all these comments would be different. Sadly, history tends to repeat itself. This is reminiscent of the level of hate shown to another religious group in Germany not too long ago. Fair to say we know how that turned out. I hope to God things don't escalate in that direction. I still have hope that their are good people out there, who will stand up for common human decency.

66 days ago
48.

Veritas    

Majority of the comments regarding this story are truly sickening and repulsive . The lack of empathy shown to this lady is baffling. She did nothing to deserve that level of discrimination. Why do I have a feeling that if this was a nun, or an orthodox Jewish lady(who also wear head covering) the tone of all these comments would be different. Sadly, history tends to repeat itself. This is reminiscent of the level of hate shown to another religious group in Germany not too long ago. Fair to say we know how that turned out. I hope to God things don't escalate in that direction. I still have hope that their are good people out there, who will stand up for common human decency.

66 days ago
49.

arale norimaki    

grumpy old man

66 days ago
50.

CCC    

Does anyone actually watch this horrible show? I get that you all have racist feelings towards this woman and her religion, but if you actually watch The Bill Cunningham show, then you are the ones who need help. And once again, TMZ has brought us a story about race to get you all worked up so you can spew out the most vile and racist remarks that would make KKK members blush.

66 days ago
51.

gator    

This is America land of the free.. Attacked by extremists.. from what religion?

66 days ago
52.

K South West    

Shame land of the free...unless your "muslim"...I wonder why any christian can go to any mosque and ask questions but this false religion won't even accept questions from a woman...yet islam "degrades"women? Paleaze

66 days ago
53.

jason    

Sorry muslims but you scare the hell out of every person who is non muslim for a very good reason. I guess you have to be a non muslim to understand this. Everything about you is frightening. Bombs! Your kind loves killing innocent people. You are killers. you are effing nuts. And you will be destroyed because there is no talking sense to you and it is a big world that you cannot conquor . no way s***. You just could not find your way out of the dark ages.

66 days ago
54.

blp    

Waste of time law suit!! Did she really suffer mental anguish and embarrassment???? STUPID ASS WOMAN!

66 days ago
55.

kelly and rob    

I call bulls**** on this one. Bill is a fine American. We will surely get a "full report". We've worked with and have known Bill for years. He is one of the most decent, stand-up guys....fights for the moral minority...and is the voice of the common man.....you 700WLW listeners know this. Sounds like a job for Segman:)
WE LOVE YOU! BILL!!!!!!!

66 days ago
56.

David    

America is a place where people have fought to be free of abuses of religion. We finally stopped the Christians from controlling this land. So now religious people here practice their religion only in church without imposing on the rest of us. Now we have the Muslims coming from half way around the world trying to impose their culture on us in the streets and businesses. Religion should be respected only if it does not impose on those that don't feel the same way. In Europe, people were prosecuted in the 300's if they were Christian. In the 400's the Christian's prosecuted those that weren't Christian. Religion should not impose their beliefs on any culture. If you want to have a belief, do it in your own church, temple, building, etc. But don't project your religion in common areas where others might be offended. Muslims have traditions that Americans are not familiar with, nor are they comfortable with any Muslim way. If you're a Muslim, just like any other religion, keep it at home. And that goes for the clothes that you wear. Don't expect Americans to accept your ways if you came here from another country. You need to cater to the American ways, or get the hell out of America.

66 days ago
57.

RD    

Why shouldn't he hate muslims? He just wants to be like everyone else!!

66 days ago
58.

kitnplayn    

Really? You couldn't tell that he was just another arrogant, selfish american.

66 days ago
59.

Jamey Hunter    

Who cares! He can hate whoever he wants. Don't like the rules, get out!

66 days ago
60.

American Muslim    

If she we're a Nun wearing a habit commenters here would support her. Christians did not originate in America, but also came from the Middle East and covered their head as Muslims and Jews do.

66 days ago
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