Time Warner Entertainment, Warner Brothers Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Distribution were hit with two separate lawsuits this week filed on behalf of a man who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. This individual claims that he was denied the opportunity to attend tapings of "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers" and "Conan”, because when he attempted to order eight tickets to a taping of Lifechangers", including one ticket for wheelchair accessible seating, he was told that the taping facility, Victory Studios in Glendale, Calif., isn't wheelchair accessible.
The other suit alleges that this man and three friends attempted to attend a taping of "Conan" at Warner Bros. Studios but were told that his wheelchair-accessible van would not fit in the parking structure and were directed to an outdoor lot. The suit also claims that none of the vehicles used to transport audience members to the studio were wheelchair-accessible. The complaint also states that when he and his entourage arrived at the studio, he was told that wheelchair-accessible seating was located on the second level of the audience section, accessible only by wheelchair lift. When the man said the lift looked too flimsy for his heavy electric wheelchair, and asked to be seated on the lower level, he claims he was told that he would create a fire hazard.
We will certainly keep everyone posted as we learn more. But in the meantime, should anyone with a physical disability been at these tapings and can share their experiences, we would like to hear from you.
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