According to a new lawsuit filed on Wednesday, Tyrese Gibson, 44, is suing the Home Depot for more than $1 million over an alleged racial profiling incident that allegedly occurred in their West Hills, California location.
People and Fox News 11 reported that the Fast and Furious actor and two men who regularly provide construction services to Gibson had experienced outrageous discriminatory mistreatment and consumer racial profiling at the home improvement store on February 11.
Gibson, along with Eric Mora and Manuel Hernandez, have asked for $1 million in damages, both punitive and compensatory. According to Gibson, this amount is equivalent to the amount of money he has spent at the store over the years.
In addition, the complaint alleges negligent hiring, supervision, and retention practices at the company. In response to the allegations, Home Depot issued a statement to The Post stating that they valued the actor as a customer.
However, Gibson and the plaintiffs asserted that the store refused to accept any responsibility for what transpired and doubled down, hired lawyers, and treated Gibson, Mora, and Hernandez and what transpired to them as unworthy of due consideration — inferring that they are the problem.
He claims he told the cashier that he decided to have the two other men pay for the items with his credit card while he went to the vehicle. However, the attendant refused to complete the transaction, so Gibson returned inside to attempt to resolve the situation.
Home Depot Employee Allegedly Refuses to Process Transaction for Black Customers
The lawsuit alleges that the cashier gave no reasonable explanation other than repeating store policy and requesting identification and that the manager refused to communicate with the actor.
Gibson and the two plaintiffs believe that the incident and the cashier’s actions were motivated by racism.
The lawsuit alleged that Home Depot employees interfered with and refused to process the transaction due to their unfounded suspicion of Gibson, Mora, and Hernandez based on their skin color and national origin.
The suit asserts that as a result, the three have suffered shame, humiliation, and mental suffering. According to People, a video showing the alleged incident as well as Gibson on FaceTime with the cashier after he departed the store was uploaded to YouTube.