Two Black women in Maryland claimed they were harassed by a white man during an apartment complex tour as they lounged by the pool.
Gaelle Claude and her roommate were scoping out The Edition apartment complex in Hyattsville enjoying the sun as recommended by the leasing office so they could get a feel for the living space. The were indulging in a bottle of wine, which Claude claims was approved by the pool’s lifeguard.
Claude claims that a white resident named Nick Starr-Street accosted them about drinking near the pool and their glassware.
A 16-second clip captured by Starr-Street, shows one of the women knocking the phone out of his hand as he approaches them by the pool.
But Claude says Starr-Street’s video only shows one part of the story and is an attempt to make the women look like the aggressors. She says that Starr-Street was filming them from his apartment window, then proceeded to come to the pool to confront them.
A second video captured by the women shows as Starr-Street as he follows them in the parking lot. Claude said Starr-Street, who is gay, hurled racist remarks and accused them of being homophobic during the encounter.
“I didn’t expect that going to sign my lease would turn into such a chaos,” Claude said.
Claude said she called the authorities, who never arrived at the complex. Hyattsville police authorities said they did investigate but concluded that a crime did not occur and encouraged the women to press charges through district court according to NBC Washington.
“We are aware of the recent harassment incidents that occurred at the pool at The Edition. Safety and well-being are of the utmost importance to us at The Edition, and we were appalled by the treatment of our residents and visitors. In no way does the staff at The Edition condone the actions of the reside in question, and we are taking swift corrective measures to address this issue,” management for the apartment complex said in a statement.
Claude has since filed a restraining order against Starr-Street. And as expected, has opted to not move into The Edition.
“It’s really hard for me to wrap my ahead around the fact that as people of color we can’t do anything, like, literally,” she said.
This isn’t the first time Starr-Street has been accused of harassing Black woman at the complex. A second Black woman shared an encounter with Starr-Street and his partner on Twitter.
Cleary there’s a problem and it has nothing to do with drinking at the pool. In an interview with WUSA9 Starr-Street denied that he was racist and said his outbursts were due to his autism. Sigh.