A white woman who was filmed blocking a black man from entering the St. Louis loft building where they live has denied that she is racist and says she was concerned for her safety.
Hilary Brooke Thornton, 32, was fired from her job as a realtor after footage of her confronting D’Arreion Toles at their luxury condo building in Missouri City went viral.
Toles said he was coming home from work on Friday night when Thornton physically blocked him from entering.
The 24-year-old filmed the incident as Thornton, who was holding a glittery phone and her dog on a leash, demanded to know what apartment he lived in.
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Hilary Brooke Thornton, the woman who was filmed blocking a black man from entering the St. Louis loft building where he lives, has denied that she is racist and says she was concerned for her safety
Thornton has now spoken out about the ordeal, telling DailyMailTV’s affiliate Fox2 that her neighbor didn’t have an electronic key fob and forced his way inside.
She said she had the front door cracked to let her dog use the bathroom when Toles approached and tried to get into the building.
Thornton claims she was only following the condo board’s instructions to not allow strangers inside when she repeatedly asked whether he lived there.
‘I simply asked if he lived there because the direction from the association is… that if you don’t know the person, you don’t let them in,’ she said.
Thornton said she told Toles she couldn’t let him in and asked if he had a security key fob.
‘It’s the only indicator any resident has that they live in the building and he wouldn’t answer me. He would not show me one,’ she said.
In the video, Toles can be heard saying: ‘You’re blocking me into my building, it’s my building as well, so can you just get out of my way. I live here and your blocking my way. I’ve already buzzed in.’
Thornton, who says she’s been getting death threats since the video went viral, has denied she is racist.
‘That’s false and heartbreaking. Those are words that cut deep,’ she said of the claims she is racist.
The 32-year-old was fired from her job as a realtor after footage of her confronting D’Arreion Toles at their luxury condo building in Missouri City went viral
D’Arreion Toles, 24, said he was coming home from work on Friday night when Thornton physically blocked him from entering the building where they both live
Thornton said she told Toles she couldn’t let him in and asked if he had a security key fob (pictured left). In the video, Toles can be heard telling her that he had already buzzed in
Thornton was filmed asking him: ‘Do you live here?… I’m uncomfortable’.
‘You can be uncomfortable. That’s your discretion. You’re uncomfortable because you’re you,’ Tole replied.
Thornton claims her neighbor eventually forced his way inside, but says the ‘altercation’ wasn’t filmed because the camera was facing toward the ground.
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She can be heard saying ‘are you kidding me?’ as Toles made his way into the building.
The video Toles posted online shows Thornton then following him into the elevator and to the door of his unit to make sure he actually lived in the block.
‘I want to see who you are going to see,’ she said in the elevator.
The video Toles posted online shows Thornton then following him into the elevator and to the door of his unit (pictured above) to make sure he actually lived in the block
Elder Shirt Lofts in downtown St Louis where both Toles and Thornton live (pictured above) has a pool and spa, plus its own wine bar, gym and an entertainment decking area
Toles said after the incident police came to his door because she called officers to report him
After Toles opened his front door with a key, Thornton could be heard saying: ‘As a record, I just want to say hi, what is your name?’
Police responded about 30 minutes later after being called by Thornton but they didn’t cite anyone.
Thornton’s employer, property management company Tribeca-STL, says it found the interaction ‘disturbing’ and terminated her employment for racial profiling.
The company said the incident did not happen at one of its properties.
‘The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds,’ a statement from the company read.
‘We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company. After a review of the matter the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our company.’
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