A Silicon Valley CEO has issued a groveling apology after his racist tirade in a California restaurant went viral.
Michael Lofthouse, the British founder and CEO of tech firm Solid8, racially abused the Chan family at a Carmel Valley restaurant, seemingly unprovoked. Jordan Chan wrote on Instagram that Lofthouse began harassing the family after they sang happy birthday to her aunt.
Chan’s mobile phone footage shows Lofthouse calling the family ‘an Asian piece of s*t’ and telling them ‘Trump’s going to fk you!’ According to Chan, he also told them off-camera to ‘go back to whatever f*king Asian country you’re from’ and said ‘you don’t belong here.’
Since being identified in the viral video, the CEO has deactivated his LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, telling the UK press: ‘My behavior in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments.’ He goes on to say he ‘was taught to respect people of all races.’
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