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Default Woman yells racist slurs, spits on and assaults hotel receptionist: suit

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Woman yells racist slurs, spits on and assaults hotel receptionist: suit
By Priscilla DeGregory and Craig McCarthy
November 25, 2019 | 6:11pm | Updated



She’s the picture of entitlement.

An unhinged woman was caught on camera screaming racist slurs at a Midtown hotel receptionist — all because the employee asked for identification before handing over a room key, according to a new lawsuit.

Michelle Rajacic waltzed into the City Club Hotel after midnight on April 6, 2018, demanding a room key, then began spewing racial epithets when worker Linda Shell, 36, asked to see ID, according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed by Shell.

In a video taken by Shell, the woman can be seen calling Shell, who is black, a “n—-r,” “dirty f–king raunchy skank,” “dirty f–king hood rat,” “f–king ghetto ass” and other offensive phrases.

“Actually my boyfriend’s f–king family pays you,” Rajacic can allegedly be heard shouting.

Afterward Rajacic allegedly spat on and assaulted Shell, the lawsuit says.

Shell — of East Orange, New Jersey — was allegedly “struck in the face with a cellphone” by Rajacic during the altercation, cops said.

“After, she kept spitting. I was getting more upset, because that is the lowest thing you can do to someone. I said, ‘OK, ma’am, it’s time for you to go,'” Shell claimed.

“I grabbed her arm and started leading her to the front desk. She then broke her cellphone across my face,” Shell said.

“Defendant spit on Plaintiff and then assaulted, battered, and attacked the Plaintiff, and used physical force without cause or justification and without Plaintiff’s consent,” the lawsuit charges.


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The cops arrested Rajacic for the incident, police confirmed. She eventually was convicted of third-degree assault, according to the suit.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said it could not comment because the case was sealed.

Once Rajacic got out of jail, the hotel gave her a free room, Shell said — prompting her to quit in disgust.

“I told them I could no longer work there, because my safety is no longer important to them,” Shell said.

City Club Hotel general manager Joshua Barbee denied the charge.

“This is the first we are learning of this litigation,” he said. “The claims being made regarding the hotel are completely incorrect. With that said, since this is pending litigation, we will have no further comment.”

Shell, who is originally from Savannah, Georgia, said nothing like this ever happened to her living in the Deep South.

“When it comes to anything racial, you have a better chance of it happening down south than up north. I never in my life thought I would have to experience that up here. That’s why I moved here,” Shell said.

She is suing for unspecified damages.

“While Ms. Shell demonstrated noble restraint in the face of such bigotry, what she was forced to endure should not, and will not, be tolerated,” said Shell’s lawyer, John Tait. “We will fight to ensure that Ms. Rajacic is held to account for her actions.”

Rajacic did not immediately return requests for comment. Her criminal defense attorney did not immediately return an email.
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