Judge upholds exclusion of expert evidence in case of fired Christian actress

Nov 26, 2020 by

from Christian Concern:

The Employment Appeal Tribunal in London has upheld a judge’s decision to reject expert evidence from a well-known theatre critic and Christian theologian in the case of sacked Christian actress, Seyi Omooba.

Seyi, an up and coming West End star, was removed from the lead role in the musical The Color Purple in March 2019 for a four-year-old Facebook post that cited what the Bible says about marriage and homosexuality. The Leicester Curve Theatre argued that the Facebook post was “deeply offensive to the LGBTQ community”, so that the production could not go ahead with Seyi in the lead role of Celie.

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, Seyi is suing the theatre and Global Artists Agency, which refused to represent her following the controversy, on the grounds of religious discrimination and breach of contract.

Support from independent experts

Seyi had secured support of an eminent theatre critic, Lloyd Evans, and a renowned theologian, Dr Martin Parsons, who both provided expert reports supporting her claim.

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