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Actor Nathan Davis Jr. is best known for playing roles in Detroit, Hotel Artemis and Runaways. In the current scenario of Black Lives Matter campaign, the actor talked about that growing up as a black man, he never really experienced racism. But, in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Davis reveals that he was kicked off an airplane last December, after a flight attendant told him he was playing music too loudly and falsely accused him of possessing a gun, an incident Davis claims was racially motivated.
“I was extremely fearful,” Davis said in an interview with Variety. “I honestly felt like there was nobody there that had my back. I was the only Black man on the plane. I just honestly felt like my life didn’t matter — I literally felt like this lady was going to take away my life, just by saying that I had a gun.”
Davis and his attorney George Mallory filed the racial discrimination lawsuit against United Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines — which operates as United Express, on behalf of United — and ManaAir.
Davis is asking that a judge award him $10 million in damages.
In a statement, Matthew Parsons, manager of corporate communications for ExpressJet Airlines, told Variety: “While we cannot comment on active litigation, ExpressJet does not tolerate racism and we are investigating this incident to better understand what occurred onboard our aircraft in December,”
After going public with the lawsuit, the 26-year-old TikTok star (with more than 9 million followers on the app) is addressing why he decided to speak up now.
“I feel like that I needed to talk about the situation to kind of show people that no matter how much money or fame you have, as a Black man, we’re still gonna have a target on our backs,” Davis said. “And I don’t want another person to go through this situation who doesn’t have the platform that I have.”
In the suit, Davis reported that after taking his seat at the back of the flight from Houston to Nashville, he was approached by a female flight attendant asking him to turn down his music, which was playing through his earbuds from his cell phone. Davis says that he complied with her instructions and turned the music down. He noticed that other passengers around him were also listening to music on their devices, but were not approached. Davis goes on to say that the attendant approached him a second and third time, speaking only to him.
“The last time, the third time, I had my music paused, just to see, and she did it again and she was mocking me,” he said.
Since the suit was filed, Davis has been receiving messages of support on social media. “People are saying that this just needs to stop, that there needs to be a change,” Davis said. “I’m just happy that people are speaking up about the situation and standing with me.”