A Manhattan lawyer who threatened to call immigration enforcement on workers at a Midtown cafe when he heard them speaking in Spanish is apparently trying to flee the backlash against his racist rant — as he was captured on video running from an NBC News reporter on Thursday.
When confronted by an NBC News crew on the street near his apartment building in Manhattan, Aaron Schlossberg didn’t respond when asked if he wanted to apologize to the people he disparaged in his racist tirade.
Wearing sunglasses and a beanie cap, he walked for several blocks trying to catch a cab, never making a single comment or answering a question. After failing to hail a cab, he sprinted from the NBC News crew, glancing over his shoulder several times.
Schlossberg’s racist rant, caught on video by a fellow customer, had more than 5 million views online in two days, and fallout for the lawyer since the video went viral was continuing into Thursday.
The midtown building where Schlossberg had a part-time office has evicted him, telling News 4 in a statement Thursday, “Corporate Suites has a diverse and global community of business professionals working in a rich environment with mutual respect. We found Mr. Schlossberg’s statements offensive and contrary to our community norms and have decided to terminate his services agreement with us.”
Congressman Adriano Espaillat and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. have sent a letter to the disciplinary committee that oversees lawyers in New York state to file a formal complaint against Schlossberg. And a Change.org petition to have the attorney disbarred had more than 9,000 signatories by Thursday.
SOURCE: Michelle J. Kim, Jessy Edwards
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