Woman apologizes after backlash from confronting homeowner
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The CEO of a cosmetics company apologized on Sunday after a video was posted online in which she and her husband confronted a man and threatened to call the police because he was using "Black Lives Matter" on his San Francisco Chalk stenciled had property.
The video, which has been retweeted 155,000 times, has raised racism allegations and caused a cosmetics retailer to cut ties with Lisa Alexander, founder and CEO of LaFace Skincare.
"There are not enough words to describe how sorry I was that I was disrespectful to him last Tuesday when I decided to ask him what he was doing in front of his house," said Alexander in a statement concerned with my own affairs. "
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The video, which first appeared on James Juanillo's Facebook page on Tuesday, shows a couple asking him if he lives in the house before claiming that he knows he doesn't live there and is therefore breaking the law .
Juanillo does not answer the couple, but invites them to call the police. The couple then leaves and Alexander replies: "Yes, we will."
The video no longer shows what happens next. Juanillo summarized the encounter on Twitter: "A white couple calls the police, a colored person, because they have stenciled a # BLM chalk message on my own front retaining wall."
He added that Alexander "is lying and says that she knows I don't live in my own house because she knows the person who lives here."
Juanillo, who is Filipino, told KGO-TV that he believed the couple had accused him of defacing private property because they did not think he belonged to the wealthy Pacific Heights neighborhood.
He said a police officer stopped a few minutes after the encounter and left after recognizing Juanillo as a long-time resident.
The excitement on social media about the video prompted Birchbox, which sells beauty products through a subscription service, to announce on Saturday that it had broken off ties to the company due to Alexander's "racist actions".
"When I watch the video, I am shocked and sad that I acted the way I did," said Alexander.
She said she was determined to learn from the experience and would like to personally apologize to Juanillo.
Juanillo said on Sunday he was open to talking to Alexander. He said neighbors had left flowers and notes expressing their support in the past few days, and many added chalk art to the retaining wall and sidewalk.
“For me, this experience has made me feel confirmed and confirmed. I imagine she regrets these few minutes, "he said." Do I think it should destroy their lives? I just hope that she realizes that what she did was racist and that she can improve from this incident. "
AP photographer Jeff Chiu contributed to this report.
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