DETROIT (AP) – A Muslim man who says he was forced to remove his religious headwear in a Detroit courtroom has filed a lawsuit to stop the practice.

Khalil Fareed says he was ordered by security guards to remove his brimless cap in May or leave 36th District Court. Chief Judge Marylin Atkins later told Fareed she was unaware of the incident and apologized for what happened.

Fareed filed a lawsuit Thursday in Detroit federal court, accusing the guards of violating his civil rights. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified financial award.

A message seeking comment was left with G4S Secure Solutions, the Jupiter, Fla., company that provides security at the courthouse.

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