A high-end sports club in Los Angeles has drawn nationwide criticism from conservatives in recent months, after banning a black pastor for life simply because he is a Trump supporter. The pastor, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, was reportedly confronted by an employee who overheard him praising the president.
The employee allegedly charged at the pastor, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, in a physically threatening manner — coming within inches of his face — and yelled: “You support Donald Trump!”
Peterson, 68, is now asking for an apology and seeking civil rights damages.
The incident occurred on August 11 at Equinox Sports Club in Los Angeles.
What’s more is that the gym targeted Peterson specifically because he was politically active. The employees became fed up with him conducting radio interviews from the gym lobby, even though he had been given permission to do so.
The pastor’s no-good, very bad day began while he was discussing racial issues and defending Trump on his mobile phone during a live broadcast of the Bill Cunningham radio show.
Peterson chose to conduct the radio interview in a room described as a utility closet on the first floor of the Equinox facility — near the lobby area. (The actual gym equipment is upstairs.)
“He had been making semi-frequent radio appearances by phone from that gym for six years,” Anthony Kohrs, an attorney representing Peterson, told The Daily Caller. “He finds a spot where there isn’t a lot of background noise. He never had a problem. He’s even been given permission by employees to use their offices.”
On this particular day, an employee whom Peterson says he had never seen overheard Peterson on the phone and summoned a colleague.
The second employee, who identified himself to Peterson as “Scott,” allegedly demanded that Peterson leave the gym and told him that his membership was terminated effective immediately.
Peterson asked for an explanation but, he says, “Scott” would not provide one.
“Scott” — who reportedly described himself as an Equinox manager — refused to allow Peterson to speak to anyone else.
According to Peterson’s version of events, Peterson responded by saying he did not understand why he was being asked to leave or why his membership was being revoked.
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