B. Scott filed the lawsuit last week and this appearance was the first time he’s spoken publicly about it with host Thomas Roberts. The lawsuit stems from the incident at the BET Awards in June when Scott claims he was ordered to change into men’s clothing to host a red-carpet segment.
Scott was born male but identifies as gender-nonconforming. He says in order to do the event, BET asked him to changes and remove his makeup last minute.
Although BET maintains it was a case of miscommunication, Scott feels he was the victim of discrimination, hence the reason for filing suit.
He explained in a statement on his website that he accepts the term “transgender” and he feels his spirit lies somewhere “in between.” He feels it is because of that very identity he faced discrimination.
“It is also by that definition that BET and Viacom willingly and wrongfully discriminated against my gender identity during the 2013 BET Awards Pre-Show,” he wrote. “Let’s be clear — I’m suing BET and Viacom for a true public apology and to be fairly remunerated for the time lost, humiliation and emotional distress this entire situation has put me through.”
Scott said his reputation was damaged and is asking for $2.5 million in damages, according to TMZ.
A spokesperson for BET declined to comment.
Check out B. Scott being interviewed on MSNBC: