Ingo Rademacher is suing ABC over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate
Actor Ingo Rademacher, who formerly starred on ABC’s soap drama General Hospital, has filed a lawsuit against the network because of its vaccination policy.
According to various sources, the 50-year-old German-Australian actor left the long-running daytime soap in November after refusing to comply with ABC’s rule for coronavirus vaccinations for General Hospital personnel.
On Monday, Rademacher’s lawyer, John W. Howard, filed paperwork saying that the actor had requested for a religious exemption to the obligation but was denied. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is also representing him.
In an email to Disney’s human resources team in October, the actor wrote, “I am entitled to a religious exemption against mandatory vaccination for COVID-19 on the basis of my deeply and sincerely held moral belief that my body is endowed by my creator with natural processes to protect me, and that its natural integrity cannot ethically be violated by the administration of artificially created copies of genetic material, foreign to nature and experimental,” per the suit.
Afterward, Rademacher said he had a meeting with HR, which he called “akin to cross-examination,” as described in his suit.
In addition, the action claims that ABC has been subjected to religious discrimination because of its alleged adherence to religious exemptions.
Actors’ rights to privacy were also allegedly breached, according to the actor.
This is not a political matter, according to the lawsuit.
“There is no need for everybody to get the COVID-19 shot, even if the President demands it.”
Inquiries have been made to the management and representation of Rademacher’s management and ABC.
The vaccine mandate has caused several actors to leave their roles in the popular soap drama, and Rademacher is only one of them. Steve Burton, the show’s longtime star, announced his departure from the show in November after refusing to be vaccinated.
When asked about the denial of medical and religious exemptions, the actor stated that he had applied for both.