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Byron Allen is furious over a U.S. Supreme Court decision in his discrimination lawsuit against cable TV giant Comcast.
The billionaire TV mogul criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that dismissed a lower court's ruling that had allowed him to move forward with his case.
Allen accused Comcast of discriminating against him because he is Black, saying Comcast discriminates against minority-owned programming.
Allen argued that Comcast refused to license his TV channels Cats.tv and Pets.tv because he is Black.
But the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Allen failed to prove Comcast would have licensed his channels if he was not Black.
"This is a vey bad day for our country," Allen told Yahoo Finance in a statement on Monday.
"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has rendered a ruling that is harmful to the civil rights of millions of Americans."
Allen added: "We will continue our fight by going to Congress and the presidential candidates to revise the statute to overcome this decision by the United States Supreme Court, which significantly diminishes our civil rights."
In a separate statement, Comcast said it was pleased with the Supreme Court's decision.
"We are proud of our record on diversity and will not rest on this record. We will continue to look for ways to add even more innovative and diverse programming that appeals to our diverse viewership and continue our diversity and inclusion efforts across the company."
Byron Allen expanded his media holdings by purchasing 11 more television stations for $290 million, according to Variety.com.
The deal with Atlanta-based USA Television brings the 58-year-old's investments this year in small- and mid-sized market TV stations to $455 million, according to Variety.
Byron Allen's rags-to-riches story is inspiring. He started out as a comedian when he was 14, and made his debut on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson when he was 18.
Unlike most comedians who retire broke or burned out on drugs, the former stand-up comic became a television producer, philanthropist, and the founder of his own production company, Entertainment Studios.
Allen rustled feathers in Hollywood when he filed a $20 million racial discrimination lawsuit against cable giants Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable in 2015.
The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in June 2019.
The billionaire, who was born under the Taurus zodiac sign, acquired the television assets of The Weather Channel for approximately $300 million in March 2018.
In 2019, Allen announced the launch of THE WEATHER CHANNEL ESPANOL. Also in 2019, he partnered with Sinclair Broadcast Group to acquire Fox Sports Networks, which The Walt Disney Company was forced to sell as a condition of its purchasing 21st Century Fox.
Allen and his wife, TV producer Jennifer Lucas share three children.
Pop singer Beyonce Knowles had her twins on Monday, according to gossip tabloid TMZ. A woman was spotted arriving at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, carrying 2 balloons welcoming a girl and a boy, along with flowers, a gift bag, and a card that reads "B & J". As you know, the 36-year-old mother-of-3 was hospitalized last week with unknown complications related to her high risk pregnancy. She reportedly begged her doctor to delay inducing labor until after the president's birthday, which was June 14.
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