Boston Club To Apologize For Harvard-Yale Incident

Massachusetts officials say the owner of a Boston nightclub will publicly apologize to settle allegations that it abruptly shut down an event after the annual Harvard-Yale football game because most of the attendees were black.

Some students say they were turned away from the November event after managers at the Cure Lounge on Tremont Street complained that a large group of young black people in line would attract "local gangbangers."

State officials alleged that managers made "harmful and ill-conceived conclusions" based on the fact that most of the guests were black.

"This is not behavior that Massachusetts' law allows and it is both illegal and also a little disturbing," Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

The club's owner, Paige Hospitality, will make a $30,000 payment to the state to distribute to groups for black students seeking higher education opportunities. The club's staff will be required to attend anti-discrimination training.

With reporting from the WBUR Newsroom and the Associated Press

This program aired on February 25, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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