Remember the lawyer who went viral after he shouted at some women in a restaurant for speaking Spanish in Manhattan? Well, apparently he's 'not racist'.
Attorney Aaron Schlossberg made international news earlier this month after he launched an aggressive tirade in Fresh Kitchen, Midtown, New York, after he heard some clients and staff talking to each other in Spanish.
The video, which was posted to Facebook, has clocked up nearly 7 million views, and in it he rants:
Your staff and clients are speaking Spanish when they should be speaking English. Every person in here is speaking it... It's America!
He then threatened to call ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to get the people 'deported'.
Well, in a new development, Schlossberg claims that he's 'not a racist'.
Writing in a public statement on his Twitter account, Schlossberg comments:
While people should be able to express themselves freely, they should do so calmly and respectfully.
What the video didn't convey is the real me. I am not racist. One of the reasons I moved to New York is precisely because of the remarkable diversity offered in this wonderful city.
Finally he summed up:
I love this country and this city, in part because of immigrants and diversity offered in this wonderful country.
And, an apology:
My sincerest apologies to anyone and everyone I hurt.
However, many people on Twitter aren't convinced:
The video of him ranting at the Spanish-speaking people was not the first time the lawyer has been embroiled in a racist incident.
In 2017, Schlossberg was filmed shouting 'You are not a Jew' at a group of Jewish protestors speaking at a protest in support of Palestine.
According to CNN, in 2016 Schlossberg allegedly accosted a man in the street and shouted 'You're an ugly f------ foreigner. F--- you,' at him. The man, 34-year-old tech consultant and advisor Willie Morris posted the footage to YouTube:
As the old saying goes, actions really do speak louder than words.