Industry veteran Frank Davis
on Wednesday settled his portion of the federal government's racial discrimination case against Universal
Pictures, then took the stand and told a seven-member jury that he believed he was fired as first assistant director on 2 Fast 2 Furious
because he is black.
"I did what I was supposed to be doing," Davis testified in federal court in downtown Los Angeles. "Unfortunately, Universal has certain stereotypes of people who look like me, and I was fired.
"I was held to a different standard," he added.
Universal has vehemently denied Davis' charges, saying that the director was fired because he could not handle the high-budget film, which included numerous action sequences.
The second day of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's case against Universal included the conclusion of testimony from 2 Fast
director John Singleton
as well as sidebar discussions, settlement-talk breaks and the removal of a sick juror by U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess.
The EEOC sued the studio in 2003 over Davis' firing, claiming that it was without cause."