A New York lawyer’s ‘racist rant’ at a fast food restaurant which was caught on camera has finally resulted in an apology.
It took 7million views before Aaron Schlossberg – who was filmed last week shouting at staff in a Manhattan shop for talking to people in Spanish and not English – finally said sorry.
However he insisted today: "I am not racist!"
In the shocking video footage he could be seen ranting: "Your staff are speaking Spanish to customers, when they should be speaking English.
"Every person I spoke to is speaking it… it’s America!"
He then went on to say he would be calling ‘ICE’ – referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement – to check the immigration status of the staff working there.
His rant went viral and was shared across social media which led to protests – and even a mariachi band turning up at both his work and home.
According to the New York Times, after the video filmed at Fresh Kitchen surfaced, two other videos have since been unearthed of the 42-year-old.
One was at a conservative rally and another from when he allegedly accosted a man on Fifth Avenue for being a foreigner, it was reported.
The man is understood to have been born in the United States.
Yesterday, Mr Schlossberg finally issued an apology saying he was "deeply sorry".
He said: “To the people I insulted, I apologise.
“Seeing myself online opened my eyes — the manner in which I expressed myself is unacceptable and is not the person I am.
"What the video did not convey is the real me. I am not racist."
Last week, however, at least two New Yorkers, representative Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat from New York, who was born in the Dominican Republic, and Ruben Diaz Junior, the Bronx borough president, filed a grievance aginst Mr Schlossberg.
Responding to the apology, Mr Espaillat said: “It’s too little too late.
“Clearly, this is a pattern of behavior he has had and this is the first time he got caught.”
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