Comcast, Al Sharpton Hit With $20 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

A group has filed a whopper of a lawsuit against NBC parent company Comcast and it includes MSNBC host Al Sharpton in the lawsuit.

The FCC hasn't yet ruled on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, but that isn't stopping the National Association of African-American Owned Media from filing a lawsuit claiming at least $20 billion in damages from the way the two giants allegedly discriminate against black-owned media.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that this time, the plaintiff is not only targeting both Comcast and TWC — on the eve of the two companies merging to become what would be the largest pay television distributor in the United States — but also various African-American advocacy groups and MSNBC host Al Sharpton for allegedly facilitating discrimination.

"We do not generally comment on pending litigation, but this complaint represents nothing more than a string of inflammatory, inaccurate, and unsupported allegations," responds Comcast in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sharpton tells us that he "welcomes the opportunity to answer the frivolous allegations" and says he will be bringing counterclaims for defamation.

Plus, if it can get Rev Al more time in front of the cameras, he's all for it.