Kevin Hunter Submits New Motion Against “The Wendy Williams Show” Producers After They Make 2nd Attempt To Have His Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Dismissed
The ex husband and famed TV host Wendy Williams continues to fight hard for his day in court.
According to Radar Online, Kevin Hunter recently submitted a court motion asking a judge not to give his former employers the chance to have the case moved to a different court and time.
Reportedly, lawyers representing “The Wendy Williams Show” show production company Debmar-Mercury and two of its producers are seeking to have the case heard by a higher court. They reportedly claim that Kevin Hunter’s argument that he’s protected under a New York law that prevents firing due to marital discrimination doesn’t apply to him, though – as we reported back in September – one judge already ruled in Hunter’s favor on the matter.
In case you’re unfamiliar, Hunter initially filed a $10 million lawsuit against Debmar-Mercury accusing them of wrongfully firing him after his marriage to the shows then host Wendy Williams came to an end back in 2019. The entertainment professional had an affair with another woman and fathered her child, ultimately causing the split. Hunter was subsequently relieved of his duties as one of staple daytime TV show’s executive producers, despite the work he claims he put into making the show the success that it was.
However, Debmar-Mercury has maintained their stance of denying any laws were broken in Hunter being let go. They reportedly stated in their recent motion:
“[Hunter’s] claim warrants dismissal because his marriage to Williams, in particular, is not a protected characteristic,”
Additionally, they reportedly noted that they disagreed with the judge’s ruling allowing the case to move forward, and now wants the case to be heard in an appellate court. In response, Hunter’s team reportedly submitted a motion asking the court to deny this request. They reportedly argue that Debmar-Mercury’s “strongly disfavored” attempt to appeal his court win is:
“a rare exception to the final judgment rule that generally prohibits piecemeal appeals…[only granted in] exceptional circumstances.”
“There is thus no basis to believe that either the Second Circuit or the New York Court of Appeals would rule differently from this Court.”
It does not appear a judge has ruled on the matter at this time.
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