An Asian-American father who faced a stream of racist abuse while his family dined at a California restaurant said that Silicon Valley tech CEO apologized only to “ save face. ”
Michael Lofthouse, 37, was filmed gesturing to Raymond Orosa and his family at a restaurant in Carmel Valley saying, ‘Trump is going to fuck you’, ‘You guys have to leave the fuck’ and ‘You f *** ing Asian slut before a server threw it out.
Lofthouse, UK-born CEO of Silicon Valley IT startup Solid8, doubled racist abuse in social media posts after the incident, writing ‘Leave our planet. Asian f ** k. Get closer to me or my people and kill dead. Do not start. A piece of ***. ‘
On Tuesday, he wrote an apologetic apology in a statement to DailyMail.com saying “my behavior in the video is terrible” and added that he wanted to “apologize” to the Chan family.
But Mr. Orosa – who celebrated his wife’s birthday at Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant – doesn’t believe the apology was genuine and was just a “salvation.”
Faced with a stream of racist abuse while his family dined at a California restaurant, Asian-American father Raymond Orosa said Silicon Valley tech CEO only apologized to ‘save face’
Mr Orosa celebrated his wife Maria’s birthday at Bernardus Lodge and Spa’s Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley when they fell victim to racist abuse
Michael Lofthouse, British entrepreneur and founder of technology company Solid8, yelled racist abuse at an Asian family over Saturday dinner
He told ABC news“I think he really meant what he said and what he did.
“I don’t believe his words because his actions speak louder than the words he says.”
Although he said the abuse he received was “full of hatred and anger,” Orosa says he has forgiven him.
This week, it was revealed in court that the CEO has had problems in the past after being charged with domestic battery, vandalism and damage to a telephone or power line in 2016.
The Silicon Valley entrepreneur was kicked out of a California restaurant on July 4 for throwing racist abuse to an Asian family and shouting, “Trump is going to fuck you.” He is shown raising his middle finger to the family (above)
Jordan Chan (back left) posted the images on Instagram. The family celebrated Jordan’s aunt Mari Orosa’s birthday (rear right with Raymond Orosa, front right)
July 2016 court reports obtained by DailyMail.com indicate that Lofthouse has been found guilty of vandalism charges and sentenced to two days ‘imprisonment, three years’ probation and 80 hours of community service. The other two charges were rejected.
A former girlfriend of the CEO – who had an argument with Lofthouse – told DailyMail.com that the criminal record and the racist video showed him as a ‘f *** ing a ** hole’.
“You can see the details described in the public register,” said the former friend.
“He’s a horrifying person, and I don’t want anything to do with him.
“You can clearly see what kind of person he is and I don’t want anything to do with it.
“I put this and him away five years ago,” added the ex-boyfriend, asking him not to be named. “I’m not going to relive this because he’s fucking a *** hole.”
The clip, filmed by Mr. Orosa’s cousin, features Lofthouse shouting racial abuse at guests from the table opposite.
Jordan Chan – who was part of the party with Mr. Orosa – wrote on Instagram that the ‘white supremacist’ businessman started harassing her family shortly after singing a happy birthday to her aunt.
Lofthouse was found guilty of vandalism charges and sentenced to two days ‘imprisonment, three years’ probation and 80 hours of community service
Aside from the racist comments captured on camera, she said he also told them to ‘go back to whatever damn Asian country you are’ and that ‘you don’t belong here’.
She added that he had ‘MUCH more to say after I stopped recording’.
During his rant, a waitress is heard telling Lofthouse to leave now.
“Get out of here,” she shouts. “You can’t come here. You don’t talk to our guests that way. ‘
The unsavory encounter video was posted on social media on Sunday and went viral after being shared by pop star Kelly Clarkson.
Lofthouse later apologized, telling DailyMail.com, “My behavior in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment when I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments.
“I want to apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel. I have learned 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 people around me encounter on a daily basis. ‘
Lofthouse calls the family a ‘f *** ing Asian piece s ** t’ before an enraged restaurant worker steps in and tells him to ‘go out’
The Bernardus Lodge (photo) said they regretted the experience their guests had in the restaurant and were ‘proud’ of how their staff handled it
The Bernardus Lodge said they regretted their guests’ experiences at the restaurant, but they were ‘proud’ of how their staff handled it.
“This is an extremely unfortunate situation, but we are proud of our employees at Lucia in accordance with the core values of Bernardus Lodge,” said Sean Damery, the lodge’s vice president and general manager, in a statement to KION.
This incident was quickly resolved and the restaurant was escorted from the premises without further escalation.
“We provide guests with a safe environment to stay and dine overnight, and our sincere apologies to those who enjoy a birthday party on a holiday weekend.
Lofthouse appears to have disabled his LinkedIn and Twitter accounts after the incident.
The technology company of the ‘racist’ boss
Lofthouse’s Solid8 is a cloud tech service company founded in 2017.
The company’s offices are located near the financial district of San Francisco, California.
Solid8 strives to improve their customers’ computer systems and reduce their IT costs by providing network services, infrastructure or business services that store and access data and programs over the Internet instead of a computer hard drive.
On its website, the company, which also provides advice on cyber security, boasts ’38 years of collective experience ‘and says,’ Our team is a decisive problem solver, our broad and in-depth experience means we’ve addressed most situations earlier – meaning that we move quickly from analysis to action, working as an agile team on every project, and quickly drawing talent from our global network of over 100 leading cloud providers. ‘
Solid8’s CEO is Brit Michael Lofthouse, who, according to his now deleted LinkedIn page, graduated from Newcastle Business School in 2005, affiliated with Northumbria University, and emigrated to America in 2010.