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Five men say they were racially profiled at 4th Street Live

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- Five black men have filed a lawsuit against the Cordish Company, which owns and operates 4th Street Live, claiming they were denied entrance to the premises because of their race.

The lawsuit, filed in Jefferson Circuit Court on Friday, alleges the men were barred from entering 4th Street Live on March 31, 2013, by an unnamed person guarding the entrance, who told them the business was “closed” and no one else could come in.

At the same time, according to the suit, several other white patrons were allowed access to 4th Street Live without problem.

The plaintiffs, Tremaine Cary, Andrew Peters, Andrew Peters, Jr., Jeremy Underwood and Lewis Underwood, asked to speak with a manager, but the person at the entrance “became irate” and requested assistance from police patrolling 4th Street Live, according to the lawsuit.

The five men “were not there to create any problems” and immediately left, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit said the men made a video recording of the incident. It was not included in the lawsuit.

A spokeswoman for Cordish Company said in an e-mail that they had not seen the complaint but believe the men were turned away by security provided by a third party because Fourth Street Live was closing.

"All establishments that sell alcoholic beverages are required by law to remove existing patrons and deny access to new patrons at closing times," Candice Coolahan wrote.
 
The lawsuit claims the men were racially profiled and requests a jury trial and compensatory damages.

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