Famed Department Store Accused of Racially Profiling Customers

Rap mogul Jay Z pressured to cancel fashion deal due to racial profiling scandal.
3:00 | 10/26/13

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We're going to turn to new accusations of racial profiling, with rap mogul jay z caught in the middle. One of the most famous names in the music business, is feeling pressure to bow out of a lucrative fashion deal with one of the most exclusive stores in the country. This as another famous department store is also being singled out. Abc's rob nelson is here with the details. Reporter: Good morning. It is a store synonymous with high-end new york shopping. But this morning, barney's is finding itself embroiled in a controversy over race, as even more accusations of racial profiling come to light. ♪ You know what I'm stopping you for ♪ ♪ because I'm young and black and my hat's real low ♪ Reporter: Possibly the most well-known lyrics in jay z's career, "99 problems" is coming out. Rob brown, the actor best known for his roles in "finding forrester" and the hbo series, "treme" is speaking out, saying he was racially profiled in a department store. He is suing macy's and the nypd it says that the store alerted police, after he paid for a watch. This is an i.D. On me. I just bought this watch. Reporter: In a statement, macy's says, we are investigating the alleged claims, as we were just made aware of this lawsuit. We do not comment on matters in litigation. The ceo of barney's is calling alleged profiling by workers in his stores unacceptable. Two young african-american shoppers came forward this week, saying their skin color alone prompted suspicion by workers and police. Trayon christian, a 19-year-old college student, who bought a $350 belt, says he was stopped and handcuffed by undercover cops, on claims that his card was fake. I showed my i.D. And may went through. Reporter: Kayla phillips, a 21-year-old nursing student was stopped by police, after she used her tax rebate to buy a $2,300 bag from barney's. I was feeling helpless, demeaned. Reporter: This morning, jay z is facing pressure to bow out of his partnership with the high-end retailer, that carries items designed by the mogul. A petition for jay z to cut i ties has 4,000 signatures. Meanwhile, some jay z fans are pushing back on calls for the rapper to ditch barney's. Saying part of the proceeds for the deal will go to the rapper's scholarship charity. Jay z's line is set to hit shelves next month. Big p.R. Nightmare for the stores. And the shopping season about to begin. Not the news they want. Thank you, rob. Appreciate it. Time to check the national

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