Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer ran into an old rival at his book signing. The man accused Spicer of using a racial slur when the two were in prep school. Additionally the man said he is no longer afraid to "fight" Spicer.
The video was published by NewportRI.com. The man yelling at Spicer, Alex Lombard, was at a book signing in Middletown, RI. The man said the two attended the Portsmouth Abbey School together in Rhode Island.
Per The Hill:
"Sean, I was a day student at [Portsmouth] Abbey, too, with you,” Lombard said.
“Hey," Spicer appears to respond to Lombard in the video. "Yes, how are you?”
“You don’t remember that you tried to fight me?" continued Lombard, who is African-American. "But you called me a [n-word] first."
Security personnel are then seen in the video escorting the man out while another person in line calls for him to be arrested.
"I was 14 then. I was a scared kid then, Sean. I’m not scared to fight you now," Lombard is heard yelling.
Spicer's reactions was not seen on the video, but according to reports, he was "taken aback" and labeled the clams as "outrageous." Lauren McCue, who is a publicist for Regnery Publishing, said that Spicer "can't recally any incident" like the one being described by Lombard.
Eventually Spicer's Attorney released a statement:
"Today, without conducting the most basic journalistic due diligence, the Associated Press recklessly republished a categorically false accusation about Sean Spicer. The claim is a lie. Absent an immediate retraction, Mr. Spicer will take legal action Monday."
Was this a legitimate beef or a smear campaign for a leftist? We'll let you decide.