New York: US talk show host Jay Leno has been sued by an Indian-American in California for his racist comments on the Golden Temple and ridiculing the intact Sikh community by portraying the holy shrine as a vacation home.
According to court papers filed in LA Superior Court, Randeep Dhillon claims that Leno hurt the sentiments of all Sikh people as well to those of the plaintiff with his joke that the Golden Temple could be a potential summer home of Mitt Romney, a leading Republican presidential hopeful.
The celebrity website TMZ said that Dhillon has filed a vilify suit and is seeking indefinite damages.
The suit added that “Leno’s joke clearly exposes plaintiff, other Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy because it falsely portrays the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh.”
In further trouble for the TV host, a Sikh rights group here has wedged a complaint with a federal agency demanding action be taken against Leno and NBC channel for airing the racist and derogatory representation of the Golden Temple.
Sikhs for Justice has filed its complaint with regulator Federal Communications Commission against Leno and NBC.
FCC is tasked with modifiable the broadcast of television programmes, analysing complaints and carried out investigations.