Two white cameramen who are suing NBC -- claiming the network is racist -- allege the network has a pattern of protecting itself and sweeping misconduct under the rug ... and they are pointing to the Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer cases.
Kurt Decker and Michael Cimino were cameramen on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon, until they got fired for receiving racist text messages from a 'Tonight Show' stagehand. They claim they were singled out by Questlove, the band leader, who protected a black NBC employee who also received the text message, but allegedly told NBC bigwigs to fire the 2 white cameramen. The 2 were fired for not reporting the text messages to their bosses.
They say in new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, there's a culture at the network to cover up misdeeds of some. They raise the Tom Brokaw case where a former NBC correspondent accused him of sexual harassment. Scores of women, many of whom work at NBC, came out in a public show of support.
Decker and Cimino say many of the women were pressured by the network to sign the petition supporting Brokaw. They add the letter was being circulated at the NBC offices and the women feared retaliation if they didn't sign.
They also raise the Matt Lauer case, where they say many employees knew Lauer was a serial sexual harasser, but never reported it. Decker and Cimino say none of those employees were disciplined.
The two former cameramen also say Questlove himself is guilty of racist and misogynistic language and behavior -- especially involving women and people of Asian descent -- yet the network has never disciplined him.
Kim Kardashian West drew inspiration for her new lingerie line from a place just a tad outside of Hollywood ... give or take 5,520 miles.
The company Kim's charged with spearheading her new lingerie line filed docs -- obtained by TMZ -- to trademark "Kimono Intimates." The plan is to brand her line with the name and slap it on bustiers, nightgowns, breast shapers, pasties (yeah, pasties), leotards and socks, among other things.
As we first reported ... Kim wasted no time last month getting back into the clothing industry after closing DASH. She teamed up with the same group behind Khloe's successful Good American brand as well as FRAME.
It's interesting ... Kim, Kourtney and Khloe hit up Japan back in February, perhaps getting a head start on Kim's new line. As for the name ... Kimono is a wide-sleeved robe customary in Japan.