Before Rachel Lindsay was “The Bachelor” franchise’s first — and only — black lead in the ABC show’s 18-year history, the 35-year-old worked as a lawyer in Texas, where she experienced “subtle racism” inside the courtroom. “I started off as a prosecutor and I would be sitting there, waiting for the defense attorney to come, and they would either bypass me because they would assume that I’m not the attorney or they would assume that I was the legal secretary or a paralegal — never the attorney,” she exclusively told Page Six. “I would have attorneys yell at me, hang up the phone on me, point in my face, and then my counterpart who was the lead on the case, they would not speak to at all in that way.” But Lindsay, who says it was always white or Hispanic men who mistreated her, said she had developed a “thick skin” over time because of the discrimination she saw her father, judge Sam A. Lindsay, go through.

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