Rosario Dawson And Family Sued Over Alleged Transphobic Assault


Actress Rosario Dawson and members of her family are being sued for allegedly discriminating against a transgender man, as well as alleged assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and trespass among other claims.

Deidre Finley, who prefers to go by Dedrek Finley, says in the documents that he was hired by Dawson to move from New York City to Los Angeles to work on renovating her home as a handyman. Finley was offered a place to live, free of rent, at Dawson’s mother’s former home in North Hollywood. Instead of paying rent, Finley says he agreed to work for Dawson at $25 an hour for the home repairs and cover his own utilities.

However, Finley claimed the atmosphere changed “immediately after” he came out to the Dawson family as a transgender man, according to the lawsuit, claiming they “misgendered him multiple times each day, with deliberate indifference as to the appropriate way to address” him. 

Finley is seeking damages and trial by jury.

Rosario Dawson and family sued over alleged transphobic assault


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