Former WWE writer Britney Abrahams has filed a lawsuit with the US District Court in New York against Vince McMahon and other WWE executives over “racist” script content for Black wrestlers including Bianca Belair and Apollo Crews.
Abrahams’ lawsuit claims her multiple complaints were ignored, and she was pretextually terminated for taking home a WrestleMania-branded chair, according to the complaint.
Britney Abrahams began writing for WWE in 2020. One of her complaints of racial and gender stereotypes in scripts, include instructing Bianca Belair, to say “Uh-Uh! Don’t make me take off my earrings and beat your ass!” and Crews to speak with a “stereotypical and exaggerated Nigerian accent.”
On another occasion, a writer allegedly proposed that a Muslim wrestler’s secret be that he was “behind the 9/11 attacks.”
The lawsuit states: “It is clear that despite Plaintiff’s excellent work performance, Defendants actually terminated her employment based on her complaints about Defendants’ racial discrimination and due to her race and gender.
“While Plaintiff’s employment with WWE was a harrowing, traumatic experience, the events complained of herein do not reflect a unique incident, as rudimentary internet research paints a similarly distressing picture of discriminatory abuse and misconduct by WWE and those occupying the most powerful positions within WWE.
“The totality of these acts demonstrates a pattern of discrimination intentionally perpetrated by the WWE management and executive officers against Plaintiff.
Abrahams is seeking reinstatement, damages, declaratory judgment, and an injunction restraining defendants from engaging in such unlawful conduct.