Posted on October 8, 2021

Carmine’s Hostess Denies Using Racial Slur During Vax Mandate Attack

Jesse O’Neill, New York Post, October 6, 2021

The Upper West Side restaurant hostess who was attacked by several tourists as she enforced the city’s vaccination mandate denied using a racial slur during the incident — and called the allegation that she did “unbelievable.”

Three Texas women face up to a year behind bars after they were caught on camera assaulting the unidentified 24-year-old Carmine’s worker last month. The suspects, who are black, claimed the hostess called them the N-word during the altercation.


“The accusation stating that I said a racial slur is unbelievable. I am a Korean immigrant, I was born in Seoul, Korea … I would never call anyone a racial slur. People lying about that is even worse than being physically assaulted,” the victim continued.

Sally Rechelle Lewis, 49, of Houston, Kaeita Nkeenge Rankin, 44, and Tyonnie Keshay Rankin, 21, both of Humble, Texas, were arraigned on charges including third-degree assault, attempted assault and harassment in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday.