Rep. John Fleming spoke out for the first time Wednesday on what he calls false allegations that a Muslim couple was discriminated against at one of the Subway sandwich franchises he owns in Shreveport.

The Nov. 21 incident, in which the Muslim couple was denied service, has garnered national attention this week because of the congressman's ownership of the restaurant and because of the intervention by the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Fleming, R-Minden, said the couple was denied service only after provoking employees and scaring away other customers.

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