Veteran R+B producer TEDDY RILEY has filed a lawsuit against a Delaware hotel, claiming he suffered racial discrimination while attempting to use its bathroom facilities.

The former BLACKSTREET star - who has composed hit tracks for musicians including Mary J Blige, Whitney Houston and MICHAEL JACKSON - alleges that in 2002 a manager at the HAMPTON INN denied him access to a bathroom because he's African-American.

Riley recalls, "He said, 'You can't use the restroom here.' I asked, 'Can I get a room?' He said, 'We have no rooms.'"

According to the court documents, "...the sparsely populated parking lot indicated...the hotel was not fully booked" so Riley went to his tour bus and booked a room by phone. He says soon afterwards, four police cars arrived.

He tells American TV show CELEBRITY JUSTICE, "Two came to the bus, two went to the door, as if we were trying to rob this guy, or something."

According to Riley, the police told him that the night manager's reason for not allowing him to use the restroom was simply because he didn't like the way he looked.

He says, "It's really sad...I think that we all should be treated equal. Riley, who's currently working with Jennifer Lopez, claims he suffered "psychological injuries" and "lost wages and earnings" because of the incident.

At the time he backed out of an agreement to produce Michael Jackson's NUMBER ONES album.

Bosses at HILTON HOTELS, which owns the Hampton Inn chains, says they do not comment on pending litigation.

20/05/2004 01:39