Steve Harvey is suing a former employee at his comedy club over the threatened release of videos of his comedy skits, some of which are very racial. He says the videos were made only for him to review and nothing else.
Harvey hired Joseph Cooper back in 1993 to record all of his shows he gave at the Steve Harvey Comedy Club. Cooper has sued him for breach of contract but Harvey claims no contract was ever entered into. Since the law recognizes for a contract to be valid, both parties must fully understand the terms of said contract are. When no contract exists it’s virtually impossible to prove breach. Cooper is suing for 10 million dollars.
In those tapes, Cooper claims there is a lot racial rhetoric like telling his audience to spit on white people and another where he said he didn’t give a shit about America.
Court documents show Harvey says he hired Cooper to film his shows for personal use. Harvey mainly planned to use the tapes to develop his routine and for in-house promotions.
Earlier this month Harvey landed in hot water when he joked on his talk show that black and white women don’t have any interest in dating Asian men.
The actor and comedian was making fun of self-help books on the program Monday, January 9 in light of the new year, including one entitled ‘How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.’
As soon as he read the title and saw the book cover on the screen behind him, Harvey broke down in a fit of laughter that caused him to double over.
Once he finally managed to collect himself after about five seconds, he looked at the audience and asked: ‘Excuse me, do you like Asian men?’
That was just a rhetorical question it seems however, as Harvey then said in a clipped accent while twice bowing his head: ‘No. Thank You.’
In a message posted on Twitter last Tuesday, Harvey offered his ‘humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community.’ He says the jokes were meant to be humorous and no ‘malice or disrespect’ was intended.
The majority of the remarks from the trial released today are heavily redacted.