*Months after a group of women filed a an $11-million lawsuit against the Napa Valley Wine Train, a settlement has been reached in the case.
According to the group’s attorney, Waukeen McCoy, the confidential deal was reached last week.
The settlement concludes the legal battle between the women, who are members of the Sistahs on the Reading Edge book club and the Napa Valley Wine Train. The conflict came after the 11 women — 10 black and one white — met on the train in late August to discuss a romance novel. The women stated that they were later escorted off the train after a train employee told them they were being too loud. From there, the group was met by police officers and given a bus ride back to the station.
Commenting on the incident, the reading club members said they were treated differently because of their race. Upon hearing about the incident, the Napa Valley Wine Train’s chief executive apologized, promised increased sensitivity training for employees and offered the women a ride in a private car.
In other news, Jennifer Hudson put her talent to fun use Monday night (April 18) as she channeled Beyoncé and Aretha Franklin during a karaoke session with her fellow castmates from “The Color Purple.”
Taking to Instagram, the Oscar winner shared the time out with social media users. Scroll below to see Hudson do her karaoke best with one of Queen Bey’s songs and Franklin’s “Never Loved a Man.”
Then I had to do my fav song to sing at karaoke “Never loved a man” by Aretha Franklin ! Well my first try didn’t go to well. Planet rose A video posted by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on