Former “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher has sued ABC over their vaccine mandate, alleging they denied his applications for religious exemption.  Rademacher, 50, left the long-running daytime drama in November after refusing to comply with ABC’s mandate requiring General Hospital employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Documents were filed by attorney John W. Howard on behalf of the actor stating that Rademacher applied for a religious exemption to the mandate but was denied. He is also being represented by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Per the lawsuit, the actor wrote in an email to Disney’s human resources team in October: “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.” Following the email, Rademacher said he had an interview with the HR department, which was “akin to cross-examination.”

Rademacher isn’t the only actor to depart the popular soap opera over the vaccine mandate. Longtime “General Hospital” star Steve Burton announced in November that he’d also exit the show after he refused to get vaccinated. Burton also claimed in a statement that he applied for “medical and religious exemptions” but was denied.

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