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California CEO resigns over video showing racist outburst

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Posted at 9:25 PM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 00:25:53-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The chief executive of a California technology company has resigned after the release of a video showing him using vulgar and racist language toward an Asian family at a restaurant.

KPIX-TV reports Solid8 CEO Michael Lofthouse resigned from the San Francisco Bay Area tech startup Saturday. Lofthouse issued a statement announcing his departure from Solid8 in which he apologizes and says he plans to enroll in an anti-racist program.

Jordan Chan posted a video online showing Lofthouse cursing and gesturing with his middle finger at her family as they celebrated her aunt’s birthday in Carmel Valley July 4.

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Lofthouse was reportedly seen on video directing racist and vulgar language at an Asian family, yelling, "Trump is going f*ck you. You f*cking Asian piece of sh*t."

In a statement issued to media following the video, Lofthouse admits making the comments and says he will be reflecting on his behavior.

“My behavior in the video is appalling,” the statement read. “This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments. I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel. I was taught to respect people of all race and I will take the time to reflect on my actions and work to better understand the inequality that so many of those around me face every day.”