$1 billion lawsuit filed against club

October 19, 2009 2:31:12 PM PDT
A $1 billion class-action racial bias lawsuit has been filed against a popular New York City nightclub. Author Teri Woods, who is black, invited 175 guests to a signing for her new book, "Alibi," at Greenhouse in Manhattan in August.

She's well recognized in the world of urban fiction, penning novels that have made the New York Times best seller list.

Woods said the majority of her black guests were barred from entering the club. She said a handful of her guests who were white were allowed inside.

Club owner Barry Mullineaux called the allegations "bogus." He declined further comment.

Woods said she has text messages sent from Mullineaux to Woods' party promoter.

In one message, the owner allegedly said he couldn't allow "300-pound girls" in the club.

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