NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The former Zulu King is moving forward with a lawsuit against the organization for what he says was an action that violated their bylaws.
The hearing on the preliminary injunction for Naaman Stewart was waived in Civil District Court because his attorney said they want to go into full trial. Stewart’s attorney says this is not about the allegations against Stewart, but a lawsuit against Zulu.
Attorney Nicholas Lindner claims the organization did not follow the proper procedures when removing Stewart. Lindner says disciplinary procedures include a grievance committee or an independent investigation, neither of which were received by Stewart before he was suspended indefinitely.
The call to remove Stewart came after a former Zulu employee says Stewart sexually harassed her in 2015.
Lindner says they filed a temporary restraining order to stop the new king from signing a contract with Zulu, which the judge denied.
"There may be some other way the judge can find that that could be most equitable to everyone, but ultimately, we would like to see Mr. Stewart ride on Mardi Gras Day," Lindner said.
The next hearing will be Oct. 26, and a full trial for a permanent injunction will be next month.