The Manhattan lawyer who was caught on video spewing racist remarks at Spanish-speaking workers threw a tantrum in the halls of justice Wednesday and accused other attorneys of “harassing” him.
Aaron Schlossberg’s meltdown came in an eighth-floor hallway in Manhattan civil court, where he was singled out for his embarrassing tirade last Tuesday that’s since gone viral.
“It’s the racist lawyer! F–k that guy!” one female attorney yelled, as she and other lawyers whipped out their cellphones to snap photos.
Schlossberg turned to a court officer and whined, “They’re harassing me in the hallway!” after ducking into a courtroom.
He later asked for an escort out of the building — after nervously glancing at his watch and peering at his phone with his hands protectively cupped around it.
The embattled attorney showed up at 9:30 a.m. at the courthouse’s housing division, where he was representing a defendant in a case — a day after apologizing for his racist rant.
“If we can expedite it, I’d really appreciate it,” he pleaded with a court clerk as he checked in.
Schlossberg represents the defendant in the case, Todd Courtney, who’s accused of refusing to leave a Chelsea condominium he owned before it was foreclosed on in 2014, according to court papers.
Courtney is being sued by the Seventh Avenue condo’s current owner, Yuxin Zhang.
Before the case was called, Schlossberg — who had noticeable bags under his eyes — moved around the gallery a few times and frantically shuffled his papers.
At one point, he caught the attention of two women sitting in the courtroom, who looked at him and then rolled their eyes at each other.
A man wearing a Marine Corps hat also recognized him and whispered something. Schlossberg responded, “Thank you” and the two shared a fist bump.
“I told him, ‘Everybody has a breaking point and I’m not holding it against you.’ He told me, ‘Thanks,’” the man, who would only give his name as Steve J, later told a reporter. “Doesn’t mean he’s racist, doesn’t mean he’s prejudice.”
Schlossberg spent the next couple of hours fiddling with his phone, rubbing his hands on his legs and slapping his hands together before his case was finally called just before 1 p.m.
That’s when his bellyaching continued.
“There’s a reporter in the gallery who keeps questioning me,” the lawyer complained to Housing Court Judge Laurie Marin as he asked for an “in camera,” or private, hearing in the case, which the judge granted.
He said there were “confidentiality” issues with his client, who’s been contacted by the press.
Schlossberg shot to infamy for his epic meltdown last Tuesday, when he screamed at workers at Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue and threatened to call immigration officials “to have each one of them kicked out of my country.”
“If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money — I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here — the least they can do is speak English,” he railed.
“If you intend on running a place in Midtown Manhattan, the staff should be speaking English, not Spanish!”
Lawyer Jesenia Ponce, who was in the same courtroom waiting for her case to be called, was disgusted.
“It’s ridiculous, an outrage. He should be disbarred,” she huffed.
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