“While the video shows the women talking to our managers and other employees, at no point did the women mention that any of the hosts ever made a racial slur,” he stated. “This is because none of our hosts — all of whom are people of color — ever uttered such a slur.”
The hostess, who's 24 and has not been named publicly, stated in a press release that being accused of utilizing a racial slur was “even worse than being physically assaulted.”
“The accusation stating that I said a racial slur is unbelievable,” the hostess stated in a press release via her lawyer, Aaron Mysliwiec. “I am a Korean immigrant, I was born in Seoul, Korea,” she stated, including that she had “the utmost respect” for all individuals of shade. “I would never call anyone a racial slur,” she stated.
Security footage reviewed by The New York Times exhibits the ladies being let into the restaurant after exhibiting proof of vaccination. Several minutes later, three males arrive to affix their celebration and the ladies are seen assembly them outdoors. The ladies are then escorted again into the restaurant after two of the boys fail to indicate vaccine playing cards and are denied entry. As they stroll again in, they cross the hostess within the hallway. They flip again towards her, although as a result of the footage has no sound, it's unclear why.
The footage then exhibits the hostess standing at a sales space outdoors the restaurant with co-workers. The ladies come outdoors and one walks as much as the hostess from behind and speaks in her ear earlier than shoving her. The battle breaks out, and workers and different members of the celebration might be seen pulling the ladies aside.
Mr. Solano stated his shoppers’ lives had been “turned upside down” since that day in September, and that they'd acquired demise threats by way of e mail. He stated Dr. Rankin was afraid to go to her residence as a result of individuals have been “camped out” in entrance of her home.
The subsequent court docket date is ready for Nov. 18, Mr. Solano stated. He added that whereas the utmost penalty for the fees was as much as a yr in jail, he was hopeful that the case can be dismissed.
“I have a lot of confidence in them to look past all the emotion, and look past the sort of press angle to this, and really look at this objectively,” he stated.