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NORFOLK, Virginia - Hip-hop artist Pusha T took to social media to say he was denied entry into a Virginia Beach nightclub because he’s black, leading to widespread outrage on the Internet that the club’s attorney said Thursday is unwarranted because the allegations are untrue.

Virginia Beach rapper Terrence Thornton, who goes by Pusha T, decried Venue 112 as racist on Twitter and Instagram because he was kept out of the club while white people behind him in line were let in early Tuesday morning shortly after midnight. Thornton has more than one million followers on Twitter and more than 400,000 on Instagram.

Thornton, who could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press on Thursday, wrote on social media that a management figure at Venue 112 told a bouncer to tell Thornton that the club was only using a guest list for entry. Thornton said he was never asked his name to check whether he was on it.

“Last night should’ve never happened,’’ Thornton wrote on his Instagram account Tuesday. “These ‘imaginary guest list’ u impose on potential black patrons is a slap in the face to the Great Neck community, Virginia Beach, and the 757 as a whole.’’

Venue 112 is in a shopping center in the Great Neck section of Virginia Beach not far from Naval Air Station Oceana.

Venue 112 attorney Kevin Martingayle told AP in a telephone interview that Thornton’s comments about the club being racist are untrue. He said he has a laminated copy of the club’s guest list, which is frequently updated to reflect its best customers. He said the list has more than 600 people on it and is sometimes used to allow only regulars in when it gets crowded.

“Most of the people who work the door regularly know who the regular customers are coming in,’’ Martingayle said. “Race is simply not a factor.’’

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