Stuart Seldowitz, former Obama Administration adviser, has been arrested and faces three charges of harassment, including one considered a hate crime with aggravated harassment. The arrest took place in Manhattan, New Yorkin relation to an incident captured on video that went viral, showing Seldowitz harassing a halal food vendor.
Seldowitz, 64, was filmed in his hometown of Manhattan, insulting and harassing the Muslim worker. In the video, she is seen sarcastically asking the seller if he had raped her daughter. “like Muhammad”. The former advisor continued with insults, calling him “terrorist” and making offensive comments.
In an interview with the network NBCNews after his arrest, Seldowitz tried to justify his behavior claiming that it all started with a conversation “innocent” on the attack by the Islamist group Hamas on Israel: “You support the killing of children”Seldowitz tells the seller, who answers: “You kill children, not me”. Seldowitz replies: “If we kill 4,000 Palestinian children, you know what? It’s not enough”.
Seldowitzs’ actions, captured on video and widely condemned, have generated a unanimous response of condemnation. The law firm Gotham Government Relationswhere Seldowitz served as president of the International Affairs division, issued a statement announcing the severing of its ties with the accused: “The video of their actions is vile, racist and does not comply with the dignity of the standards we practice in our company,” they declared.
Authorities have formally filed three charges of harassment, with one of them considered a hate crime, against Seldowitz. If convicted, you could face severe legal consequences..