updated 8/4/2009 9:57:18 AM ET 2009-08-04T13:57:18

A Brazilian singer's lawsuit claims flight attendants called him racial slurs on a trip from New York to his home county and that his producer was stabbed with a sharp pen.

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Dudu Nobre, his wife and the producer filed the lawsuit against American Airlines last week, seeking $4 million in damages.

Nobre, who is black, claims one flight attendant repeatedly called him a "monkey" in Portuguese and made "monkey-like" sounds and gestures during the flight last year to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The lawsuit claims the attendant threatened a fight and stabbed Nobre's producer with a pen as they were getting off the plane.

American Airlines officials declined comment Monday.

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