ABC Hit With Race Bias Class Action Over 'Bachelor'

Law360, New York (April 17, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT) -- ABC Inc. and the producer behind the reality TV shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" were hit with a proposed class action in Tennessee on Wednesday, alleging the network purposely excluded minorities from the show’s lead roles, perpetuating "outdated racial taboos."

Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson lodged a putative class action Wednesday in Tennessee federal court against ABC, the shows’ executive producer, Michael Fleiss, and several of the shows’ production companies, including Warner Bros. Inc. subsidiary Warner Horizon Television Inc. and Next Entertainment Inc.

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