The man accused of harassing a Georgia state representative and telling her to “go back where you came from” at a supermarket near Atlanta says he’s considering filing a defamation lawsuit, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
Eric Sparkes says he called Erica Thomas a “selfish little (expletive)” because he thought she had too many items in the express checkout line at a Publix grocery store.
“I am in the process of exploring with attorneys a defamation lawsuit against her,” he told the AJC.
Thomas, a vice chairwoman of the House Democratic caucus, in a video posted to Facebook Friday evening said Sparkes cursed at her in front of her young daughter and told her to “go back” to where she came from.
She went back to the grocery store to talk to reporters about the incident Saturday. Sparkes was there, too, and the two feuded on camera.
Sparkes said he called her a “selfish little (expletive),” but nothing else.
“That’s all I said after that, and I walked out of Publix,” he added. “Her words stating on Twitter, and her video, stating I told her she needs to go back where she came from are untrue. I am Cuban.”
Thomas backtracked in a subsequent interview with Channel 2, telling the news station: “I don’t want to say he said, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to where you came from.’ But he was making those types of references is what I remember.”
On Monday, she said she wasn’t retracting her original statement.
Conservatives have slammed Thomas.
“Once you lie to the people you serve, you should no longer have a seat at the table,” said Clark, R-Suwanee. “Erica Thomas needs to resign, so that the sanctity of Georgia is not in question.”
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