Manhattan lawyer filmed threatening Spanish-speaking staff at NY restaurant

Tero Vesalainen

Another local reporter approached him at a courthouse in Queens.

The unwitting star of a viral video where he delivered a racist rant in a Midtown restaurant emerged Thursday from his Manhattan apartment without any comment on his sudden notoriety.

Aaron Schlossberg could now face even more consequences.

The footage shows a customer berating staff for speaking Spanish at the premises in Manhattan.

"They were speaking Spanish because they are friends", the restaurant's manager told the New York Daily News. It's America... So I will be following up, and my guess is, they're not documented.

A day after a video of him going on a xenophobic rant in a NY restaurant went viral, an attorney was hit with an avalanche of criticism on social media, kicked out of his office space and was the subject of a formal complaint by two politicians requesting he be disbarred.

U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (ah-dree-AH'-noh ehs-peye-YAHT') and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. called the video "vile".

It was unclear what action the disciplinary committee could take, if any.

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Further requests for comment from the mayor's office were directed to the NYCCHR.

Schlossberg was also caught on video in 2016 berating a man in NY, which he called an "ugly [expletive] foreigner". Internet sleuths swiftly uncovered Schlossberg's identity and activist Shaun King led a social media call to get to the bottom of the tirade.

A man named Willie Morris had posted video of a 2016 confrontation with Schlossberg in which the 42-year-old lawyer purposely walked into Morris' path and then began yelling at him.

In one, filmed in May 2017, shows Mr Schlossberg with other Trump supporters swearing at a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews who opposed the state of Israel.

According to a profile on his law firm's website, Schlossberg "focuses on complex commercial and insurance coverage matters involving corporate clients, entrepreneurs and individual policyholders". During the confrontation with the ultra-Orthodox protesters, he bragged about having traveled to Israel twice. The city's Commission on Human Rights can investigate potential violations and levy fines.

ICE later criticised the recorded threat to report workers to the agency.

"He immediately. starts yelling mostly racist and xenophobic stuff", Morris said. His reason? Two customers had the audacity to speak Spanish to an employee who also spoke Spanish, ruining this patriot's ability to enjoy the eatery's menu options, such as pho, tacos, and quesadillas, in a city where more than 200 languages are spoken. He'd have to learn the Native American language of Lenape.

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