Four Tops singer Alexander Morris accuses hospital of race discrimination

The lead singer of the 4 Tops Motown band is suing a Michigan hospital and two workers members, alleging racial discrimination after they wrongly handled him as if he was mentally sick when he recognized himself as a member of the group.

Alexander Morris, who’s Black, mentioned in his lawsuit that staffers at southeast Michigan’s Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital assumed he was delusional after arriving on the hospital in an ambulance with “clear signs of cardiac misery” in April 2023.

After figuring out himself as a member of the 4 Tops, mentioned Morris, 53, staff denied him medical therapy by eradicating him from oxygen — and as a substitute ordered him to bear a psychological analysis and positioned him in a restraining jacket. After 90 minutes, the singer was launched from restraints when he was capable of present a video of himself performing on the Grammys to a nurse, the lawsuit alleged.

In a press release Tuesday, Ascension mentioned it could not touch upon pending litigation. “The well being, security and well-being of our sufferers, associates and neighborhood members stays our high precedence,” it mentioned. “We stay dedicated to honoring human dignity and appearing with integrity and compassion for all individuals and the neighborhood. We don’t condone racial discrimination of any type.”

Racial inequity in accessing medical care is a deep-seated drawback that may have fatal consequences, many medical doctors and specialists say. Black Americans die younger than their White counterparts and have increased charges of demise for coronary heart ailments, stroke, most cancers, bronchial asthma and diabetes.

Morris is suing for at the very least $75,000 in damages, alleging he was misdiagnosed and mistreated due to his race by the hospital, a nurse and a safety guard.

Based on the lawsuit, Morris arrived on the hospital on April 7, 2023, in an ambulance with problem respiratory and chest ache.

“When he offered to the emergency room [Morris] knowledgeable a nurse and a safety guard that he was a member of the well-known Motown group the ‘4 Tops,’ and that he had present safety issues attributable to stalkers and followers,” the lawsuit mentioned.

The 4 Tops — which propelled Detroit’s up to date soul scene to worldwide fame within the ’60s as a success machine for Motown Information — continues to tour with founding star Duke Fakir.

Hospital workers “wrongfully assumed he was mentally sick” and “made the choice to take away him from oxygen and pursue a psychiatric analysis as a substitute,” the lawsuit alleged.

When he tried to resolve the error by asking to indicate identification, the lawsuit alleges, a White safety guard informed him to “sit his Black ass down.”

Morris alleges that as a substitute of receiving “desperately wanted” therapy for a cardiac emergency, his belongings have been eliminated and he was positioned in a restraining mechanism underneath the supervision of a number of safety guards, who denied his requests to hunt therapy elsewhere. Morris “as a substitute … acquired a deliberate misdiagnosis and acquired a decrease commonplace of medical care primarily based on his race that amounted to racial discrimination and delayed his precise analysis.”

After Morris confirmed a nurse a video of his efficiency on the Grammys, the lawsuit mentioned, “the nurse realized Plaintiff was a member of the 4 Tops, and the nurse went and bought the emergency room physician to tell him. The emergency room physician returned and mentioned he was canceling the psychological analysis,” the lawsuit mentioned.

The lawsuit mentioned that Morris was in the end identified with a coronary heart challenge requiring a possible transplant and pneumonia and that he suffered three seizures throughout the hospital keep.

As an apology, Morris mentioned, the hospital supplied him a $25 present card for a grocery store, which he declined.

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