The Upper West Side restaurant hostess who was attacked by several tourists as she enforced the city’s vaccination mandate denied using a racial slur during the incident – and alleged that she did “unbelievable”.
Three Texas women faced a year behind bars after being caught on camera assaulting an unidentified 24-year-old Carmine’s worker last month. The suspects, who are black, claimed that the hostess called them the N-word during the brawl.
“I did my part to protect my coworkers and other clients from the possibility of getting the COVID virus,” the activist said in a statement issued by her attorney, Aaron Masliwick.
“Alleging that I said a racial slur is unbelievable. I am a Korean immigrant, I was born in Seoul, Korea… I would never call anyone a racial slur. People who lie about it are physically Worse than being tortured,” the victim added.
Sally Rachel Lewis, 49, of Houston, Kaita Nkiinge Rankin, 44, and Tyony Keshay Rankin, 21, were both tried in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday on charges including third-degree assault, attempted assault and assault.
Carmine’s owner Jeffrey Banks has said the attack was “unprovoked” and began after the women turned violent because members of his party could not provide proof of vaccination.
They released security footage of the incident that did not have audio, but showed women pushing and punching the hostess and tearing her mask outside the restaurant.
Black Lives Matter protest leader Hawk Newsom led a demonstration at the famous eatery a week after the September 16 incident.
“Last week, there was a racist hostess standing here, you all,” he said via a megaphone as a large group shouted “CANCEL Carmine!”
The 24-year-old victim said she was trying to keep her customers safe.
“I want to ensure that neither myself nor my fellow coworkers are attacked again for trying to protect ourselves and our customers from the COVID virus,” she said in the statement.