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Tech CEO caught on video yelling at Asian American family resigns, enrolls in 'anti-racist program'
A man who was seen on video going off on a racist tirade against an Asian American family at a restaurant has resigned from his job as CEO of a tech company in California after drawing viral backlash.
Michael Lofthouse, the now-former CEO of San Francisco-based cloud computing firm Solid8, confirmed his resignation to Fox Business in a statement this weekend.
"It is with regret that my initial statement and apology did not go far enough in addressing my behavior in Carmel last weekend and the steps that I need to take. I can confirm that I have stepped down from Solid8, terminating all business relationships with immediate effect," he told the news outlet.
"I will make it my duty to ensure my personal actions do not continue to have a detrimental impact on those people closest to me. I have once again begun my journey back to sobriety and have enrolled in an anti-racist program with immediate effect," he continued. "My comments towards the families involved were racist, hurtful and deeply inappropriate. The reactions to what was said have been deserved and I wholeheartedly acknowledge that I am complicit in a system that enables this behavior and these broken beliefs to exist but I am dedicated to changing."
His comments come several days after footage first emerged online showing Lofthouse yelling at an Asian American family at a restaurant.
In the video, he could be seen sitting at a table alone, telling the family, "Trump's gonna f--- you" after flipping his middle finger at them.
"You f---ers need to leave... F---ing Asian piece of shit," he also tells the family.
Moments later, Lofthouse could be seen leaving the restaurant after being told to exit by staff.
"You do not talk to our guests like that," an employee could be heard telling him.
Days before he announced his resignation on Saturday, Lofthouse issued a public apology and said the incident "was clearly a moment where I lost control."
"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," he also said.
However, his apology wasn't enough for some who have questioned his sincerity.
One person who had been at the restaurant with the family at the time of the incident, Raymond Orosa, told a local station he thought Lofthouse was "just saving face" with his apology at the time.
"I don't believe his words because his actions speak louder than the words he's saying," he also said.
Despite Lofthouse's intentions, however, Orsa, whose niece captured the incident on video, added that he has since forgiven him for the ordeal.
"I can't say what he did was acceptable or right, it isn't, because a lot of people will probably disagree with me for saying I forgive him... but I do," he said.