Exclusive: Top lawyer introduces Ali G as evidence
04 November 2011
A leading City lawyer introduced Ali G as evidence before a tribunal to support his assertion that he had not made homophobic remarks to a member of staff.
Antony Brown is Managing Partner of Bivonas LLP, and rated by the Legal 500
. He found himself up before an Employment Tribunal after a barrister his firm had employed, Lee Bennett, claimed that he had been subjected to sexual orientation discrimination. One of the allegations was that one of Brown's partners had written a note, as reported in the Lawyer
, describing Bennett's "batty boi
What is less well known is that when the case came to court, Brown claimed that the term "batty boi
" was widely used, on the basis that it had been used in the film Ali G In Da House
. The judge was having none of it and ruled in favour of Bennett.
It is not entirely clear why Brown felt the works of Ali G represented model behaviour in a professional office environment (calling female colleagues "bitches
" is generally frowned upon these days). And relying on a ten year old film seems a little embarrassing at best.
Bivonas said that it had been advised not to comment on current litigation.