Former 9-1-1 star Rockmond Dunbar is now suing Disney and Fox over his exit after he left the series due to the studio's vaccination mandate.
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TVLine reports from TMZ, who wrote that Dunbar asserts that 20th Television and Disney discriminated against him by not approving his medical and religious exemption. His lawsuit claims that his exit created "severe damage" to his acting career. As a result, he's seeking over $1 million in contractual and residual payments.
At the time of his departure, Dunbar released a statement.
“I’ve been an actor in this business for 30 years, but my greatest roles are as a husband and father to our 4 small children,” he said. “As a man that walks in faith, I look forward to what the future holds. I have enjoyed the last 5 seasons with this wonderful cast and crew and will cherish the time I’ve been blessed to spend with this series and wish everyone involved nothing but the best.”
According to TVLine, 20th Television released a statement about Dunbar’s departure at the time, saying, “We take the health and safety of all of our employees very seriously, and have implemented a mandatory vaccination confirmation process for those working in Zone A on our productions. In order to ensure a safer workplace of all, Zone A personnel who do not confirm their vaccination status do not meet the criteria for exemption will not be eligible to work.”
20th Television has yet to comment on the lawsuit.