A New York attorney who was caught on video last week ranting against Spanish-speaking restaurant workers apologized on Tuesday, calling his actions "unacceptable" but insisting that he is "not racist."
"Seeing myself online opened my eyes – the manner in which I expressed myself is unacceptable and is not the person I am," Aaron Schlossberg wrote in statement on Twitter. "I see my words and actions hurt people, and for that I am deeply sorry."
Schlossberg said that video that captured his rant at the Fresh Kitchen restaurant in Midtown Manhattan did not show "the real me."
"I am not racist," he wrote. "One of the reasons I moved to New York is precisely because of the remarkable diversity offered in this wonderful city."
In the video that went viral last week, the attorney suggests that the Spanish-speaking workers likely did not have legal immigration status and threatens to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"My guess is they're not documented," Schlossberg says to one employee in the video. "So my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country."
The controversy sparked an online petition to have Schlossberg disbarred, as well as a GoFundMe page seeking to troll the attorney. According to the page, the campaign's goal was to raise money to send a mariachi band and taco truck to Schlossberg's office.
On Thursday, the company that operates the business center in which Schlossberg leased office space terminated its agreement with him because of his remarks.