A victim has filed a lawsuit against the lady who was caught on camera making racist statements to a group of Indian Americans outside a restaurant in Plano, Texas, last month.
The event, which was captured on a now-viral video, happened on August 24 at about 8:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines on the 3700 block of Dallas Parkway.
The culprit, subsequently identified as Esmeralda Upton, approached the group of four Indian Americans as they were making their way to their automobiles after dinner and said, “Go back to India.”
She may also be seen hitting the individual who is recording the situation on the video at one point. She then tells the victim she would “blow your f*cking brains out” as she reaches for her handbag.
That evening, when Plano police came, they let Upton go. She was, however, taken into custody the next day on suspicion of assault and threatening terrorism. Following her arrest, she posted the $10,000 bail that was required for her to be detained in custody.
Dr. Bidisha Rudra, one of the four victims, filed a civil lawsuit against Upton last week in Collin County seeking compensation and punitive damages.
Indian-born Rudra became a citizen of the United States through naturalization. She has more than 20 years of residency in the nation and earned her doctorate there. One of the greatest communities of Indian Americans in the country is found in North Texas.
Veronica S. Moyé, the attorney for Rudra, asserted that Upton must bear “severe penalties” for her crimes.
The Dallas Morning News quoted Moyé as saying, “We think there has to be substantial, serious consequences for Ms. Upton to convey a message that this sort of behavior will be dealt with in the harshest possible way.” Even if an apology would be great, it would not undo all the suffering that these ladies had endured.