Men Seek Apology From Ex-‘Seinfeld’ Star
Nov 24, 5:58 PM (ET)
By ROBERT JABLON
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two men who say they were insulted by actor-comedian Michael Richards during his racist rant at a comedy club want a personal apology and maybe some money, their lawyer said Friday.
The men, Frank McBride and Kyle Doss, said they were part of a group of about 20 people who had gathered at West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory to celebrate a friend’s birthday. According to their attorney, Gloria Allred, they were ordering drinks when Richards berated them for interrupting his act.
When one of their group replied that he wasn’t funny, Richards launched into a string of obscenities and repeatedly used the n-word. A video cell phone captured the outburst.
Richards, who played Jerry Seinfeld’s wacky neighbor Kramer on the TV sitcom “Seinfeld,” made a nationally televised apology on David Letterman’s “Late Night” show earlier this week. He has since apologized to civil rights leaders the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
But Allred complained Friday that he “has not apologized to his victims directly, face to face, man to man.”
Richards’ publicist said his client wants to apologize to both men, who are black, but hasn’t been able to locate them.
Allred, speaking by phone from Colorado, said Richards should meet McBride and Doss in front of a retired judge to “acknowledge his behavior and to apologize to them” and allow the judge to decide on monetary compensation.
“It’s not enough to say ‘I’m sorry,’” she said.
She did not mention a specific figure, but pitched the idea as a way for the comic to avoid a lawsuit.
“Our clients were vulnerable,” Allred said. “He went after them. He singled them out and he taunted them, and he did it in a closed room where they were captive.”
The video of Richards’ outburst shows several people getting up and walking out as he shouts at the audience.
Richards’ publicist said the comic wasn’t considering any demand for payment. “He’s not dealing with that,” Howard Rubenstein said. “He wants to apologize to them directly and then see what happens.”
An apolgy yeah that’s probably in order, But certainly not money…however without having ever seen the argument from the begining …I’m not sure if only Richards is at fault ,so it migh be possible both parties have some apologizing to do .
How come Kanye West isn’t being sued by thousands of white people after his out bursts using the racial slur "CRACKER " in a public forum ?