Pittsburgh Casino Denies Racism Charges

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Pittsburgh Casino Denies Racism Charges

PITTSBURGH (Associated Press) — The head of Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh has sent a letter to a black city councilwoman, denying claims of racism she raised after constituents complained to her.

General manager Craig Clark still plans to meet with Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins next week, but says in the letter that the casino "has zero tolerance for racism of any kind."

Clark denied a black motorcycle club's event was shut down early due to racism, among other claims, explaining the group invited 400 people to a casino bar that has a capacity for only 115 people. Clark says the group was given a full refund, too.

The councilwoman contends other events popular with blacks have been shut down or curtailed, but Clark denied that and says one series of events in particular, "Casino Royale," was canceled for poor attendance only.

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