'Motown' Musical Actor Elijah Ahmad Lewis Complains of Racial Assault in Reno - NBC Boston

'Motown' Musical Actor Elijah Ahmad Lewis Complains of Racial Assault in Reno

Lewis shot a video showing a woman cursing and calling him the N-word after she appears to try to knock his cellphone to the ground

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    'Motown' Musical Actor Elijah Ahmad Lewis Complains of Racial Assault in Reno
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    In this file photo, Motown cast member Elijah Ahmad Lewis arrives at 'MOTOWN THE MUSICAL' at the Pantages Theatre on April 30, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

    An actor in the stage show "Motown: The Musical" filed a criminal complaint with Reno police after he says a woman shouting racial slurs assaulted him on a downtown street in broad daylight. 

    Elijah Ahmad Lewis of New York City posted video on his Facebook page Wednesday of the white woman he says struck him in the head Tuesday afternoon near the Pioneer Center theater where he's performing through the weekend. 

    Officer Tim Broadway confirmed Wednesday night Reno police are "actively investigating the incident."

    The Reno Gazette-Journal first reported on the video showing a woman cursing and calling Lewis the N-word after she appears to try to knock his cellphone to the ground. Lewis is African-American.

    Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said at Wednesday's city council meeting she was "incredibly disturbed by the video." She says she wants to make it clear the city will "not tolerate hate."