Man plans legal action against 4th Street Live after Halloween controversy


by Stephanie Collins

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 2 at 7:21 PM

A Louisville man claims it wasn't his costume, but discrimination that kept him out of a local Halloween party.

It happened at 4th Street live Saturday evening when an African American man says he was kept out of the event while others with similar costumes were allowed inside.

Since 4th Street Live opened there's been more than just rumors of discrimination against minorities, there've been lawsuits.

And now, a Louisville man claims he was kept out by security while others wearing similar clothing were let in. 

He says the difference is that they weren't black.

It was Halloween horror on 4th Street Live Saturday night billed as the largest costume party in the city. A Louisville resident, who does not want to be named, was shut out when security more than questioned his costume.

The dress code is spelled out, no hats or bandanas, but on this Halloween it didn't appear to be strictly enforced.

"They didn’t stop or question me; they let me in with the same thing on my head," he said. Now this Louisville man believes it was discrimination by 4th Street Live management that kept him out.

This allegation comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed last week in Louisville by a former employee of Maker’s Mark Lounge, in court records she alleges that the management wanted a predominantly white crowd and to keep out the dark element.

"People find it hard to believe that things like this still happen in Louisville,” said Bryan Cassis who is representing the former Maker’s Mark Lou employee.

Maker's Mark may be the first company on 4th Street Live targeted by an employee.

In the past African Americans have sued nightclubs saying they were discriminated against, a case that was thrown out more than three years ago in federal court.

Christopher 2x says he hears the rumors of discrimination, but says it’s hard to prove.

Watching from the sideline was all the proof this Louisville man needed Saturday night.

We asked the Cordish Company that manages 4th Street Live if security had been given specific instructions for the Halloween party and our request we’re told is being reviewed. The man with the do-rag says he is planning legal action.