ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina man says he was forcibly removed from a North Carolina federal courtroom after refusing to remove headgear signifying his religious faith.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Saturday 49-year-old Yahchanan Reames was placed in a holding cell and released about two hours after the confrontation in Asheville federal court.
Judge Martin Reidinger asked Reames to remove his fez, a tall maroon hat with no brim and a long tassel. Reames says the hat marks members of the Assemblies of Yahweh. He said he is a minister of the faith in Bishopville, S.C.
Reames says after he refused to doff his hat, two guards pulled him from the courtroom and handled him roughly as they handcuffed him.
U.S. Marshals Service supervisory deputy Lee Banks disputed Reames' mistreatment claim.