Four Tops Singer Alleges Racial Bias in Hospital Mix-up


In a captivating turn of events at a hospital in Warren, Michigan, Alexander Morris, the lead singer of the celebrated Motown group Four Tops, recently claimed that he was unduly restrained and forced to endure a psychological examination. This occurred after the hospital staff expressed disbelief about his high-profile identity when he confessed to being a member of the iconic band.

During a visit to Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital in April 2023, Morris, an African-American, was seeking medical assistance for troubling chest pains and breathing difficulties. Shockingly, following his revelation about his celebrity status, he alleges the hospital staff wrongfully concluded that he was mentally unbalanced. Such unsettling incidents provoked Morris to set in motion a legal recourse on Monday, accusing the hospital of racial discrimination and various instances of unprofessional conduct.

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The Four Tops originated in the 1950s and has been a beacon in the rhythm and blues realm, with timeless chart-toppers such as “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and “It’s The Same Old Song”. The group was honorably inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, further solidifying their place in music history.

While Morris is not a founding member of the Four Tops, he assiduously carved out a place within the famed group in 2019. His legal petition states that hospital authorities finally recognized him as a member of the Four Tops and subsequently canceled the unnecessary psychological assessment.

In an alleged act of reconciliation, the hospital extended a mere $25 gift card to Morris as a form of apology. However, Morris outrightly refused to accept the insubstantial token, states the lawsuit.

The hospital, in response to the growing controversy surrounding the lawsuit, asserted its firm commitment to uphold human dignity and to act with integrity and compassion at all times in their community interactions. “We categorically reject any form of racial discrimination,” they declared solemnly, though they refrained from further comment on the pending litigation.

Last year, Morris expressed his distress about the incident publicly, recounting the harrowing experience of returning to his hometown, Detroit, only to face the humiliation of being erroneously dismissed as mentally ill or schizophrenic. The ongoing legal proceedings against Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital by the renowned artist promise a riveting saga of struggle for dignity and justice.