The Latest: Club denies racism claim by Muslim businessman

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Posted: Oct 25, 2016 4:10 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on a Muslim businessman suing a Connecticut yacht club for alleged discrimination after his membership application was rejected (all times local):

4 p.m.

A Connecticut yacht club is denying race and national origin played roles in the club's rejection of a Muslim businessman's membership application last year.

William Murray is a lawyer for the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford. He said the club strongly denies allegations of racism, discrimination and bigotry in a lawsuit filed by Kamran Farid (CAM'-ran far-EED'), a co-founder of the fruit bouquet business Edible Arrangements.

Murray says the club's board never considers race, religion or national origin when choosing members. He said response from members against Farid's application was "unprecedented and overwhelming," but he declined to disclose the reasons.

Farid and his wife are seeking a court order for the club to stop discriminating, undisclosed damages and a suspension of the club's liquor permit.

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1:16 p.m.

A Muslim businessman and his wife are suing a Connecticut yacht club on allegations club board members rejected their membership application last year because of their religion and falsely claimed they supported terrorism.

Kamran Farid (CAM'-ran far-EED') is a co-founder the fruit bouquet business Edible Arrangements. He and his wife, Kara, sued the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club in Branford in state court in August, alleging discrimination, racism and bigotry. They're seeking a court order for the club to stop discriminating, undisclosed damages and a suspension of the club's liquor permit.

Club officials and their lawyer did not return messages seeking comment. Farid's lawyer says club officials deny the allegations.

Farid and his family now live most of the year in Reunion, Florida, but spend summers at their Branford home.