A white New York couple accused of beating up a black hotel worker in a racially motivated attack danced and kissed Black Lives Matter protesters as they made their way to court.
As protesters chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, these racists have to go,” Philip Sarner danced and gestured to his crotch as Emily Orbay blew kisses.
They were caught on surveillance video beating Crystal Caldwell, a hotel worker at the Quality Inn in Mystic, Connecticut, on June 26, 2020.
In the video, Sarner appears to punch Caldwell, push her to the ground, and kick her in the head. Orbay appears to be hitting Caldwell’s head.
‘He has no remorse. The only thing he’s sorry about is that he’s been caught, ” Caldwell’s lawyer Mr John Strafci told ABC after the couple’s brutal entry into New London Superior Court in the Connecticut Wednesday.
Strafaci told ABC that Caldwell suffered head injuries, an eye injury and a concussion. He said she also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and continued to have nightmares about the assault.
“It’s going to be a long, long time since I can’t stop dreaming of his footsteps and kicks, of stepping on my head.” It’s going to be a long time, ” Caldwell told WTNH outside the courthouse.
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As Black Lives Matter protesters chanted, Philip Sarner and Emily Orbaby, who are accused of beating up a black hotel worker, danced and kissed
Emily Orbay kissed protesters as they chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, these racists have to go”
The Long Island couple are accused of beating Crystal Caldwell, a black hotel worker at a Connecticut hotel last June. During the alleged assault, Caldwell said Sarner called her an “old ape”
Protesters lined up outside Superior Court in New London, Connecticut on Wednesday to greet the Long Island couple as they made their way to court
Mr. John Strafci (left), who is Caldwell’s attorney (right) told ABC after Long Island entered court, “(Sarner) has no remorse. The only thing he’s sorry about is that he was taken ‘
The Long Island couple were in court on bullying charges over prejudice and assault in the attack which Caldwell said was racially motivated.
Sarner also faces another harassment charge for allegedly making harassing phone calls to Strafaci.
The couple were staying at the Quality Inn in Mystic, Connecticut, at the time of the alleged assault, which began because their hot water was not working.
Caldwell recounted his attack in an interview with The Day at the time, telling the outlet that Sarner quickly got angry after telling him the repairman would check the problem or that she could move them to another room.
Sarner reportedly said he and his girlfriend were going to “kick her **,” Caldwell told The Day.
Caldwell hung up, but a few minutes later Sarner showed up to his office threatening Caldwell.
The hotel’s general manager and executive housekeeper attempted to defuse the situation, but Sarner reportedly continued his threats.
Caldwell responded, which angered Sarner and he allegedly ran up to her and attempted to hit her, Caldwell told The Day.
She fought back but was punched in the head several times and suffered a concussion, a swollen face and a badly injured right eye. He called her an “old monkey,” Caldwell said.
Police arrived and told Caldwell to wait in the employee lounge while they examined the surveillance tape.
She said she went down the hall to get some ice cream for her face when Sarner’s girlfriend yelled at her, and the couple ganged up on her in the second round.
They were seen on the tape pushing her against the wall and then onto the ground, kicking her back and injuring her ribs.
“This is one of the most vicious assaults I have seen,” Caldwell’s lawyer told ABC after the hearing. ‘Just a situation where you have a lady who works in a hotel [who] did nothing to deserve it.
As Crystal Caldwell went to get some ice cream for her face, the Long Island couple (the last two people in the photo) followed her
The Long Island couple were caught attacking Caldwell for the second time
“This is one of the most vicious assaults I have seen,” Caldwell’s lawyer told ABC after court hearing
Sarner and Orbay are accused of beating Caldwell in an alleged racist assault last June at a Connecticut hotel
The state attorney’s office on Wednesday offered a plea deal to Sarner and Orbay.
If they plead guilty to all counts, Sarner would be sentenced to nine years in prison, suspended after five years served and three years on probation, ABC reported.
Orbay would be sentenced to six years in prison, suspended after two years, followed by three years of probation, Strafaci told ABC.
The couple are due to return to court in July to accept or reject the plea deals.
Sarner and Orbay’s attorney, Kevin Smith, did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Smith said last August: “We would obviously challenge the nature of the assault,” arguing for a reduction in ties for the couple, according to The Day.