Manhattan lawyer keeps big mouth shut when reporters confront him after racist restaurant rant goes viral
The foreigner-hating lawyer caught spewing his xenophobic bile in a vicious viral video said nada Thursday when confronted about his immigrant-bashing.
Aaron Schlossberg, cowering behind an oversized umbrella, called the cops Thursday rather than answer questions about his foul-mouthed tirade in a Midtown restaurant.Advertisement
"Please send help," Schlossberg told police after a Daily News reporter and photographer approached him outside his Manhattan apartment building.
"They're yelling, they're claiming things that aren't true," whined Schlossberg, a Republican and donor to President Trump's campaign.
"They're grabbing my personal items. ... Defaming me. I can't even move, because they're blocking me. I'm c ornered."
The impromptu morning media session signaled the start of another bad day for the really bad guy.
The acid-tongued attorney was barred from entering his Madison Ave. office building, and his law associate Catherine Lyster vamoosed from the company website.
Gone were her photo and professional bio as the backlash continued to swell against the coarse counselor.
Schlossberg, after fleeing Manhattan in a yellow cab, appeared at a court hearing in Queens. He ignored a reporter's questions there as well.
Gov. Cuomo chimed in, tweeting at Schlossberg in Spanish and linking to a Daily News story about the lawyer.
"You don't know what it's like to be a real American," wrote Cuomo, who added the English translation.
The lawyer is not yet charged with any crime because no one has filed a complaint with the NYPD, a source said.
Schlossberg, 42, wore a black ski cap, tailored blue suit, white shirt and a striped tie as he dodged reporters outside his West Side building, ignoring questions for more than 10 minutes.
"Ow!" he inexplicably howled at one point as if injured, shaking his head before walking away unharmed.
The notorious racist inexplicably shot cell-phone video of the media even while marching along W. 60th St. on a rainy morning. No arrests were made despite his unfounded complaints.
The landlords at his Madison Ave. office building made it clear that Schlossberg was persona non grata after his oft-viewed outburst.Advertisement
"Effective immediately, Aaron M. Schlossberg will no longer be allowed access," read a letter printed in all caps and posted Thursday afternoon outside 275 Madison Ave.
"We've decided to terminate his agreement with us," said Hayim Grant, president of Corporate Suites, the company that operates the facility that Schlossberg used for his law business.
"His actions don't fall in line with our b eliefs and our community. We're a diverse community of global businesses that have mutual respect for each other. We don't believe anyone should be discriminated against based on the language they speak."
Schlossberg â" who used the space for client meetings â" had earlier denied he was evicted.
"False," he snapped. "False."
Schlossberg's public silence signaled a drastic departure from his frothing attack on Spanish speakers during the Tuesday lunch hour insid e the Fresh Kitchen restaurant on Madison Ave.
A video shot by a customer captured the lawyer berating the manager after overhearing a conversation in Spanish between a customer and an employee.
Workers said the attorney swore at them and threatened to call federal immigration authorities to raid the restaurant â" assuming all the Spanish speakers were undocumented.
"So my next call is to (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to have each one of them kicked out of my country," barked Schlossberg in the video that quickly went viral.
"If they have the balls to come here and live off my money â" I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to live here. The least they can do is speak English."
A trio of New York politicians came to the Fresh Kitchen to praise its employees â" particularly the manager â" and condemn Schlossberg.
The restaurant staff "stood up to bigotry and hatred ... (We) commend them for being the essence of what this city is about," said state Sen. Brad Holman.
City Council members Carlos Menchaca and Jumaane Williams stopped in to eat lunch.
"We're here as a representative voice of those people who are saying, 'Not in our city. Not in our state. Not in our country,'" said Menchaca.
Schlossberg went underground as the coast-to-coast criticism mounted over his crude commentary.
Thousands of web posters left one-star reviews for his law firm accompanied by angry denunciations of the lawyer.
A Google spokeswoman, asked about the disappearance of some Schlossberg-bashing remarks, acknowledged that reviews are subject to removal by the company.
"Reviews that violate Google polices can be removed," said spokeswoman Liz Davidoff. "Both users and business owners can flag reviews they think may violate the policy."
Former neighbors of Schlossberg in New Jersey said they were shocked to see the attorney exposed in the video and featur ed on the evening news.
"I always thought he was a nice guy," said an employee at the Jersey apartment building. "He would leave early and come home late, so we didn't see him too often.
"I guess he was frustrated in there â" who knows?"Source: Google News