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Lawsuit Alleges Revlon CEO Made Incredibly Racist Comments

Ron Perelman, Olivia Wilde and Lorenzo Delpani at Revlon's Love Is On event. Photo: Getty
Ron Perelman, Olivia Wilde and Lorenzo Delpani at Revlon's Love Is On event. Photo: Getty

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A former top scientist at Revlon has filed a discrimination suit against the beauty brand, alleging that he felt ostracized at Revlon due to his Jewish heritage. According to the New York Post, Alan Meyers's discrimination suit calls out some shocking comments by Revlon CEO Lorenzo Delpani, who took the job in 2013. Delpani reportedly said that "Jews stick together" and that he "could smell a black person when he entered a room." Delpani, an Italian native, also shared anti-American views, allegedly comparing the US to ISIS and saying that Americans were "small-minded" and "dirty."

Meyers claims Delpani bullied him after Meyers reported lax safety standards in Revlon's lab. In one instance, Meyers felt demeaned after he was forced to hold a giant whiteboard during a 30-minute meeting. Meyers was fired from Revlon on December 10 and is seeking unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

A Revlon spokesperson testified that Meyers is a disgruntled former employee, saying, "Mr. Meyers repeatedly demonstrated critical lapses in judgment and failed to perform at the high standard we demand of our employees." Revlon's spokesmodels in recent years include high-profile actresses like Halle Berry, Emma Stone and Olivia Wilde.
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