Jeremy Osborne

American-German singer Jeremy Osborne is suing the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) for discrimination over an incident in October 2020. The singer told the Observer that he had been aggressed by BVG ticket inspectors during a control on the line U2. The 35-year-old baritone said he is only one of a string of people of color who say they have been singled out and physically abused by controllers on the public transport system in Berlin.

“I’ve lived in Baltimore, New York, Nice and Vienna, but in no city have I felt as unsafe on public transit as in Berlin,” the 35-year-old told the Observer. “It’s as if the controllers feel they have the freedom to harass you at will.”

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