A woman who was caught on camera attacking NHS health care provider at the Wetherspoons pub for ‘speaking too loud Polish’ denied today that she was racist and said she was ‘set up’.
Filmed in Anna Rutkowska at the Kingswood Colliers bar in Bristol, Clare McCarthy shouted, “You’re in England now.”
But the 30-year-old alleged attacker insisted today that she hadn’t used those words, and she revealed that she was fired from her job as a recruiting consultant today after the footage went viral on social media.
Ms. McCarthy said she did not respond until she had been staring and laughing at the Polish group for 20 minutes before one of them came straight at her when she confronted them and another pushed her.
Police are now investigating footage of the incident, which took place at 9:15 pm on Saturday, the first day pubs across England were reopened after being closed for more than three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ms. McCarthy said exclusively to MailOnline, “Racism happens all the time and it’s wrong, I’ve always thought that.
“I don’t have a racist bone in my body.
“But it’s almost as bad to accuse someone of racism as I haven’t murmured something like that.
“This woman has accused me of attacking her and I know in the eyes of the law that if someone touches you first, they are the instigator, so I contacted the police today and reported the incident.
“I want her to know that she is now part of the investigation, and when that investigation is complete, I will sue her for defamation and loss of income.”
Clare McCarthy (pictured) said she didn’t even know the group was Polish and insisted she wasn’t racist
Anna Rutkowska (pictured) drank at The Kingswood Colliers Wetherspoon in Bristol when a woman launched her boyfriend
She said she went out in Bristol with her brother and a friend on Super Saturday.
Although she had had a few drinks, she insists she wasn’t drunk.
Recalling the incident, she said, “I saw a group staring at me in one of the booths and smiling.
“It must have taken between 15 and 20 minutes.
“Even when I made eye contact with them, they didn’t look away, so it got to the point where I just went up to them and asked” what are you staring at? ”
“A man got up from the table and looked me straight in the eye and said,” Are we going to have a problem here? ‘
One of the girls then started yelling at me and accused me of being racist.
“I was very confused as to why I was accused of this because I had no idea they were Polish.
Despite what they claim, I hadn’t heard them speak, so I didn’t know they didn’t speak in English.
“Then the woman who yelled at me came out of the cabin and pushed me aggressively.
Her friend, who was seated opposite her, took out her phone and picked up what was going on.
“I don’t know if the video was edited at all, but if it was only three seconds longer, you can tell she pushed me first and then I clearly went back to her.
“I think this is a deliberate setup in the way they handled it.
“I’m not proud of my reaction, but I defended myself and was provoked.
“Honestly, I don’t think the whole incident would have happened if neither party had had a drink – and I admit it – but I certainly wasn’t drunk.
“Both parties were kicked out, which I think speaks for itself, because if it were something that only we were guilty of, we would have been the only ones to have left.
Within a few hours, while I’m not home, I receive phone calls and text messages that the argument’s video is now on social media.
The 36-year-old recorded the horrific attack (photo, the attacker) on her cellphone before doormen intervened
A man, believed to be the female attacker’s brother (right), is seen wading before the woman (left) is kicked
“How can something on the internet accuse me so quickly of being racist when no racist word came out of my mouth?
“I noticed that the woman who filmed the incident claims that I only said the words ‘she hit me first’ because I was supposedly repeating and mocking her friend, but I said it because that’s what really happened.
“I was tagged in that video on Facebook and lost my job as a recruitment consultant.
“People had sent emails to work saying,” This person works for you, how can you keep her on the phone? ‘
“My bosses said they believe my side of what happened, but they’ve been cornered on the accusation and have no choice but to let me go.
“Since then, I’ve been spinning online and receiving threatening messages.”
Polish-born Ms. Rutkowska, who works in an NHS nursing home, claimed the fight was caused by her group speaking too loudly in their mother tongue.
The shocking incident happened on Saturday night at The Kingswood Colliers Wetherspoons in Bristol (photo)
She said, “This is what happened on our first night out in a pub.
“Because we spoke ‘too loudly in Polish’ to those people who told us’ ‘You are now in England’.”
“Then the girl attacked my girlfriend, and then the staff asked us to leave without bothering to ask anyone what had happened.”
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: “The police are investigating video footage of a malfunction at a pub in Kingswood (the Kingswood Colliers).
The incident was reported to the police by a third party, unknown to anyone, after seeing the footage on social media and reporting it online to the police on Sunday afternoon, July 5.
Officers spoke to pub staff on Sunday after the report came in. Staff confirmed they had asked a number of people to vacate the property after a failure on Saturday.
The police are trying to contact the woman who posted the images on social media.
“Other investigations are underway to identify those involved, but we are asking the people in the images and the people who posted it to come forward and report.”
Police are now investigating footage of the incident the 36-year-old recorded on her cellphone before doormen intervened.
A man, believed to be the female attacker’s brother, wades in before the woman is kicked.
In the one-minute, eleven-second clip, the unnamed woman can be heard shouting, “She touched me first.” Mrs. Rutkowska says, “I’m recording it.”
The attacker’s brother then said, “You touch my sister * before another says,” Come on then. “
Mrs. Rutkowska repeats, “You have been admitted.” A porter then says, “If you can’t get one with anyone … He hit you, didn’t he?”
One of Mrs. Rutkowska’s friends replied, “She did.”
The woman returns and mimics her, adding, “Oh,” “She did!” “You hit me first.”
She is then accused of being racist, to which she replies angrily, “Oh, I’m racist, right?”