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Party planner files lawsuit against Maker's Mark Lounge alleging racial discrimination

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Another lawsuit has been filed against Maker's Mark Lounge, Cordish Company and Fourth Street Live in the case of a party, which planners say was shut down due to racial discrimination.

This lawsuit, filed Tuesday in circuit court by William Green of Soo Fly Entertainment, comes just over a year after a previous lawsuit concerning the same incident was dismissed.

The previous lawsuit, filed by Andrew Mulligan, alleged the lounge refused service to black people on the night of the party and the plaintiff was refused access to the entertainment district as well as the lounge.

William Green claims his company, Soo Fly Entertainment, entered into an agreement with Maker's Mark Lounge the night before his event was set to take place. According to Green, employees of the bar attempted to change the terms of the contract at the last minute and then denied his guests access to the premises.

Green alleges that employees also “expressed some concern regarding the racial make-up of the potential guests of the event.”

According to the lawsuit, when Green attempted to hold the event as planned, “Maker's Mark representatives unilaterally changed the scope of the parties' agreement.” Green says that led to an oral dispute, after which Green was ejected from the premises, the event was canceled and any guests arriving were asked to leave.

The lawsuit alleges Green had to refund money to those denied entry, make a public apology to those affected by the abrupt cancellation of his party and that his future business endeavors suffered in light of the incident.

Green is suing for the cost of the event, which the lawsuit estimates at $15,000; loss of revenue caused by the damage to his reputation, which is also estimated at $15,000; and punitive damages stemming from the defendant's alleged violation of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

A representative for Cordish says the company will send a statement that will be posted here when we receive it.

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