A lawyer for one of the Texas women who allegedly beat a Carmine’s restaurant hostess in a dispute over the Big Apple’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate says the worker used a racial slur amid the “mutual combat.”
The accusation came as new details emerged about what exactly triggered Thursday’s fight and a Black Lives Matter activist vowed to protest outside the eatery this week. Justin Moore, the lawyer representing one of the accused Texas assaulters, Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, told the New York Times that the hostess at the Upper West Side eatery used the N-word during the fight and that she had a “very aggressive” manner.
“The hostess begins spouting out derogatory comments and speaking with two of the women. They claim that the N-word is being spewed out,” Moore said, according to The Times. He labeled the altercation “mutual combat,” claiming the restaurant worker also generally talked in a “very aggressive” manner to the three women visiting from Texas.
“They also heard the hostess say, ‘Yeah, you guys can leave my restaurant,’ or something very aggressive like that,” said the lawyer. “When Dr. Rankin hears that, she turns around and addresses the hostess. She tells her, ‘This isn’t your restaurant. You’re just a staff member here. Please address us with respect.’ A lawyer for Carmine’s denied that race played any part in the conflict. “Nothing about this incident suggests race was an issue,” the restaurant’s lawyer, Carolyn Richmond, told the paper in an e-mail.
“The pandemic has added a key responsibility to the host position ensuring the safety and health of all employees and guests by checking for proof of vaccination in compliance with New York City law,” she said. New York City regulations require people 12 and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to dine indoors at restaurants, bars and several other types of venues.
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