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Former wrestlers sue du Pont, charge discrimination

March 13, 1997

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Four wrestlers have filed suit against convicted killer John E. du Pont, claiming the chemical fortune heir ousted them from his wrestling program in 1995 because of their race or ethnicity.

Du Pont, found guilty but mentally ill in the murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz, expelled the wrestlers from Foxcatcher, his suburban estate, saying, ``Foxcatcher is now part of the KKK,″ the federal lawsuit alleges.

He continued to underwrite top white wrestlers, but said he was driving everything black off of his premises, including people, cars and clothing because ``black is the color of death,″ the lawsuit said.

Olympic gold medalist Kevin Jackson and wrestlers Kanamti Ruben Solomon, John G. Fisher and Robert S. Pritchett Jr. seek at least $300,000 each and written apologies from Du Pont.

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