Silicon Valley CEO is kicked out of a California restaurant for hurling racist abuse at an Asian family and yelling “You f—— need to leave! You f—— Asian piece of s—!”
Michael Lofthouse, the British born CEO and founder of tech company Solid8, was caught on camera shouting racist abuse at Jordan Chan and her family on Saturday
The family were out celebrating a birthday at Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley, California, when the attack took place
Shocking footage shows Lofthouse shouting ‘Trump’s going to f**k you!’
An outraged restaurant worker then steps in and orders him to ‘get out’, adding ‘You are not allowed here ever again’
The video was posted on social media Sunday and went viral after it was shared by pop star Kelly Clarkson
As the video hit the internet, Lofthouse issued a grovelling apology: ‘My behavior in the video is appalling’ while shutting down all his social media accounts
Michael Lofthouse is seen in viral video calling an Asian family ‘f***ing Asian piece of s**t’ before an outraged restaurant worker steps in and tells him to ‘get out’. The Silicon valley CEO was kicked out of the restaurant after the incident on July 4
A Silicon Valley CEO was kicked out of a California restaurant on July 4 for hurling racist abuse at other patrons. An Asian family there celebrating a birthday bore the brunt of race baiting as he can be heard in a video recording telling the family ‘Trump is going to f*** you’.
Michael Lofthouse, the British CEO and founder of tech company Solid8, was caught on camera in a racial-tinged exchange with Jordan Chan and her family when they were out celebrating at Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley on Saturday.
Shocking footage shows Lofthouse hurling racist abuse at the family as they dined at the table opposite.
Michael Lofthouse calls the family ‘f***ing Asian piece of s**t’ before an outraged staff of the restaurant intervenes to defend the family orders the race-baiting CEO to ‘get out’
He calls the family a ‘f***ing Asian piece of s**t’ before an outraged restaurant worker steps in and tells him to ‘get out’.
‘You are no longer welcome here,’ she says to him as he gets up and flips the family a bird before leaving.
The video was posted on social media Sunday and went viral after it was shared by pop star Kelly Clarkson.
Warning: Racist, vulgar language and gestures
Multiple publications identified the man in the video as Michael Lofthouse, CEO of San Francisco cloud computing firm Solid8.
The footage begins after Lofthouse has already apparently started on his unprovoked, racist tirade, with the person filming him telling him to ‘say that again’, catches a white male out as he launches into a racially charged attack on Jordan Chan and her family when they were out celebrating a birthday at Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley on Saturday.
Michael Lofthouse, the British CEO and founder of tech company Solid8, was later identified as the man racially attacking the family
In the first frame the person behind the camera is heard saying: ‘Oh, now you’re shy.’
‘Say it one more time.’
The man responds by flipping them the bird and saying ‘that’s what I’m saying now’.
Trump’s going to f*** you!’ he then yells, as he gets up to leave the restaurant.
‘You f***ers need to leave.’
A waitress is then heard telling him ‘to leave now’.
‘Get out of here,’ she shouts. ‘You are not allowed here. You do not talk to our guests like that.’
The family had been celebrating a birthday at Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley, California on July 4, when the horrific abuse occurred – Michael Lofthouse, the British CEO and founder of tech company Solid8, was identified as the man racially attacking the family
‘You f***ing Asian piece of s**t,’ he shouts at the group, before turning to the waitress and saying: ‘Who are these f***ers?’
‘They are valued guests,’ the waitress responds.
Lofthouse replies: ‘Are they? They are valued guests in America?’
The waitress continues to tell him to ‘get out’ and says: ‘You are not allowed here ever again.’
Chan wrote on Instagram that the ‘white supremacist’ businessman had begun harassing her family soon after they sang happy birthday to her aunt.
Aside from the racist comments caught on camera, she said he also told them to ‘go back to whatever fucking Asian country you’re from’ and that ‘you don’t belong here’.
She added on the post that he ‘had a LOT more to say after I stopped recording’.
After the video went viral Lofthouse issued a grovelling apology, claiming: ‘My behavior in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments.
‘I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel. I was taught to respect people of all races, and I will take the time to reflect on my actions and work to better understand the inequality that so many of those around me face every day.’
The Bernardus Lodge said they were sorry about the experience their guests endured at the restaurant but they were ‘proud’ of how their staff handled it.
‘This is an extremely unfortunate situation, however, we are proud of our staff at Lucia in keeping with Bernardus Lodge’s core values,’ said Sean Damery, the lodge’s vice president and general manager, in a statement to KION.
‘This incident was handled swiftly and the diner was escorted off property without further escalation.
‘We provide guests with a safe environment for lodging and dining, and extend our sincere apologies to the guests enjoying a birthday celebration on a holiday weekend.’
Lofthouse appears to have disabled his LinkedIn and Twitter accounts following the incident.