Questlove plays drums on the sidewalk in Tribeca

Questlove has denied the "ridiculous" accusations of racial discrimination made against him in a new federal lawsuit.

The Roots founder was accused of racism for pressuring TV bosses to fire camera operators Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The famed 47-year-old drummer, whose group is the house band, denied the "ridiculous" claims in a statement.

According to a lawsuit obtained by The Blast, the two white men were working on the show in June, 2017 when they, alongside The Roots bassist Mark Kelley, received "an unsolicited racist and misogynist text message from a Tonight Show stagehand."

When they reported it to the band's manager Keith McPhee and a production manager, they were immediately suspended, but Kelley was not, which led to the claim of Questlove "pressuring" TV bosses to fire all of the Caucasian employees involved in the incident.

The men claimed Questlove covered for his bandmate and protected him from the network.

Decker and Cimino are seeking $1 million in damages.

Questlove has responded to the lawsuit via a statement from his representatives, which read:

"Questlove denies the ridiculous allegations made in this lawsuit. Racism is REAL and exists throughout the world and for these gentlemen to claim victim is not only disrespectful to Questlove and his band mates, but to all that truly endure racism on a daily basis.

"As NBC already stated, the decisions made regarding these employees were made by NBC, alone."

Questlove is pictured above playing his drum kit on the sidewalk in Tribeca, NYC on Nov. 07, 2017.

Photos by JosiahW / BACKGRID

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and we moving on.... I feel quest love

  • ShelbyMoore

    Mane, fawk these crakkka as$ crakkas. They are always starting shat and then hiding there hands. They need to start standing behind their shat. Little by little their as$es will become the minority on every that time, they will feel the wrath of the people. They have treated everyone, black, brown, yellow, etc. like trash, now it's time for everyone to return the favor.

    ***(Not all yts, just the bad/racist ones). ***

  • You Could Never

    He probably did say it. I dont care. He is iconic. Correction...The ROOTS are iconic. I sometimes watch JUST to see THEM. A lot of folks do. IDGAF about some cameraman. Like...FOH.


  • Luv Pitties

    If the shoes were on the other foot I never doubt the same would've been said about The Roots so whatever. #saltineswantsympathywhenitsconvenientforthem

  • Rayne

    Oh well...just stand in the unemployment line like the rest of the world ???? They’re just suing him because they probably can’t sue nbc or Fallon lol. Always the little guy.

  • xenaD

    What? Lol

  • datjerk

    that just sounds like a lie

  • datjerk

    QL is hardly a little guy. Even without the Fallon show, he will still work. his resume is quite long

  • KcoolMuziq

    I will ALWAYS have respect for ?love. He was one of my musical hero Prince most loyal fans.

  • tt

    The Roots aint The Roots without Black Thought... sorry

  • klwbaby

    This lawsuit is ridiculous. U got fired, move on.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    I do Not believe this JMO...NEXT!... Good afternoon ROSES! ;)
    OAN: @sandrarose Can we get the NEW news on TIFF Haddish (sorry MO'nique, but my girl is WINNING!, LOL) And her New HBO DEAL. #GoTIFF!!!

  • hottlanta

    Anyone hear anything about the merchandise on Amazon that says "Slavery Gets Shit Done".

  • Trace da Ace got fired, go to unemployment office...,..,end of story..

  • Roderick2011

    Awww Trump has his people hearing things.
    Poor babies.

  • Roderick2011

    Exactly. Do what black folks do. Suck it up!

  • You Could Never

    Im so here for her

  • davine puddin

    I like her to but I wanted to pop her upside the head when she announced the Oscar nomination it wasn't her in casual attitude which is her niche but her damn underarm deodorant looking like ole school tussy and talc powder...other than that I like her fun spirit

  • You Could Never

    new post

  • Ryan

    I'm dealing with a problematic honky right now at work and just wanted to say SO FUKKIN WHAT. Their entitled azz will be just fine, believe that.

  • SweetTEE

    I mean, is he even that powerful? They act like he's the damn host or producer.

  • Dowoop

    My guess is they had some foul things to say in their complaints or HR saw that they were contribute to a hostile work environment and that is what landed their asses out of a job.

  • Look@m3


  • imright

    white ppl always lying ??

  • Cannelle

    they want to be oppressed so badly, it is ridiculous.

  • BadAss Will

    A black man telling Caucasians bosses to fire all Caucasians employees ???? what's wrong with this picture?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I feel the same about this as with the sexual assault claims. You can't just say ish just cuz and expect ppl to believe you. So, until there is proof (as with the sex stuff) I don't believe.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    It happened.

  • dontgetblocked

    So what if he did? They keep their feet on our necks.

  • Quitedeliteful

    a problematic honky

  • Quitedeliteful

    Are they mad that they lost their jobs or are they mad that QuestLove stuck up for his boy??? Whenever we stick together it's a problem for white folks. Too friggin bad...

  • Guess Who

    He looks fat and funky all the time, all day, everyday.

    That's all I got.