Former Obama adviser Stuart Seldowitz (pictued center) has been caught in another outburst in NYC as he asked Russian diplomats if they were ‘one of Putin’s [Adult workers].’ Seldowitz, who has been charged over hurling Islamophobic abuse at a halal street vendor, also harassed Russian officials following the outbreak of war with Ukraine, according to footage obtained by The Grayzone. Russia ‘s ambassador to the United Nations Dmitry Polyanskiy told the outlet he and his team were ‘harassed by him for more than a year and we couldn’t identify him.’
The outlet shared footage of Seldowitz saying: ‘Is that your whorish colleague? Are you one of Putin’s prostitutes? Are you proud of your country killing all those innocent children?’ Polyanskiy claimed Seldowitz, 64, would stand outside the entrance to the Russian mission to verbally attack diplomats and even tried to harass his dog. He told The Grayzone: ‘[Seldowitz] was persistent and he was personal. That’s the problem. We don’t have problems with someone expressing concerns or disagreements with our policies, but when it becomes personal and a person really harasses and stalks women, insulting them, telling them they are ‘whores’ and all these things, this is something that we couldn’t put up with.’
The video was reportedly taken after Russia invaded Ukraine. DailyMail.com could not independently confirm the authenticity of the footage. Seldowitz issued a half-hearted apology on Tuesday night for unleashing on the street cart worker in the Upper East Side. An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com Seldowitz was arrested and charged Wednesday night. He also asked if the victim ‘[Sexually assaulted] his daughter like Mohammed and even threatened to get him deported to Egypt during the sick tirade.
The New York-based firm he was working with, Gotham Government Relations, ‘ended all affiliation’ with him and offered to represent the vendor in any lawsuits. The halal cart worker Mohammad Hussein (pictured), 24, told DailyMail.com on Wednesday morning that the harassment began two weeks ago, when he claims 64-year-old Seldowitz started targeting him at random, asking him where he was from and then scolding him about the war with Hamas in Israel and Gaza. Now, he is scared to go to work or ‘fight’ with a man who holds so many political connections. Hussein said is scared to go to work or ‘fight’ with a man who holds so many political connections.
Seldowitz apologized last night, telling City and State in an interview that he regretted what he said in the ‘heat of the moment’. Speaking in Arabic with his boss translating, Mohammad told DailyMail.com he feels ‘hurt.’ Mohammad said the incidents began at random on November 7. When DailyMail.com visited the cart on Wednesday, there were no pro-Palestine flags or posters there.
Owners insist they have never displayed any kind of political posters or messaging, and that they just want to ‘serve the community’. ‘We’ve been here for years and we have no issues with anybody. We have been here since the [Q] train opened so around six or seven years, and we’ve had zero problems. Our staff have any criminal records, no issue with anyone, we’re all well-educated,’ he said.
Seldowitz, he said, approached at random and started asking him where he was from. He then began berating him about the war, and accusing him of supporting Hamas. A customer called the NYPD but the business owners say the issue was largely ignored. Now, after a swell in public outrage and support for Mohammad, the NYPD is investigating. ‘We’re extremely upset because of the offensive vocabulary he used. It’s unfortunate that it happened. We don’t have any hate towards anybody. We have all respect for all religions and ideologies, we’re not here to feed that hate speech. How could a government official say that kind of stuff?’ Mustafa, the business owner, added when speaking to DailyMail.com.
In one video, he threatened Mohammad: ‘I’ll send your picture to my friends in immigration. The Mukhabarat in Egypt will get your parents. Does your father like his fingernails? He’ll take them out one by one.’ In one of his most abhorrent remarks, he said: ‘If we killed 4,000 Palestinian kids, it wasn’t enough.’
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