Cher offers to cover legal bills for fired school guard who used racial slur

Cher is offering to pay the legal bills for a Wisconsin high school security guard whose firing sparked protests.

In a tweet Friday, the pop singer said she'll cover the cost of any lawsuit Marlon Anderson might file over being fired for  repeating a racial slur while telling a student to stop using the word.

Anderson, who is black, said the disruptive student at Madison West High School repeatedly used the slur and other obscenities on Oct. 9.

Marlon Anderson poses for a photo Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 in Madison, Wis. Anderson, a security guard at a Wisconsin high school, was fired after he says he repeated a racial slur while telling a student who had called him that word not to use it. He has filed a grievance seeking his job back.

Marlon Anderson poses for a photo Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 in Madison, Wis. Anderson, a security guard at a Wisconsin high school, was fired after he says he repeated a racial slur while telling a student who had called him that word not to use it. He has filed a grievance seeking his job back. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP))

He repeated the word as he admonished the student, who is also black.

The Madison school district, which has a zero-tolerance policy on racial slurs, fired Anderson.

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Cher, a Grammy-, Oscar- and Tony-winning artist, called the firing "disrespectful," especially after the death Thursday of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., a civil rights leader who "fought for justice."

Students at the high school skipped school on Friday to protest Anderson's firing.

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Anderson has filed a grievance and hopes to get his job back.

It’s unclear whether the student faced disciplinary action for his use of the slur.

The Associated Press and Fox Business contributed to this report.