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New details have emerged about a brawl outside a popular New York City restaurant between several out-of-town visitors and an employee over the restaurant’s requirement that the guests show proof of vaccination.

Attorneys for Carmines’ and for three women from Texas who are facing charges in connection with the melee last Thursday told the New York Times that the women had provided documentation of COVID-19 vaccinations but that the altercation escalated after two men who joined the party didn’t have proof.

The restaurant hostess, who is white, seen being attacked in a video shot by an onlooker suggested the vaccination cards were fake, spoke condescendingly to the group, who are Black, and used a racial slur, an attorney for the women told the press.

The dispute was “mutual combat,” Justin Moore said.

Carolyn Richmond, an attorney representing Carmine’s, denied the claim, writing in an email to The Times that “nothing about this incident suggests race was an issue.”

Surveillance footage reviewed by The Times showed the three women being ushered inside the restaurant after showing documentation outside. It showed three men showing up several minutes later but only one showing a vaccination card. The fight broke out shortly after.

According to police, the three women punched the hostess repeatedly and broke her necklace, leaving the 24-year-old bruised and scratched. She was taken to a hospital and later released.

The women face charges of misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief and are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 5.

New York City’s rule requiring proof of vaccination for indoor restaurant dining, gyms and entertainment venues has been in effect since Aug. 17 but only began being enforced in the past week.

A Black Lives Matter activist told The Times a demonstration was planned outside the restaurant on Monday to protest the treatment of Black patrons.

De Blasio’s vaccine passport mandates began to be enforced last week, which include vaccine requirements at many indoor establishments: restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and gyms. There is no scientific evidence that the vaccinated are endangered from the unvaccinated or vice versa. Businesses face stiff fines, for disobeying the vaccine passport checks on patrons. The rules make no exceptions for those who had COVID already or are medically prohibited from getting the vaccine. Religious exceptions are also not applied .

Over the weekend in NYC, thousands attended a rally against vaccine mandates. Many carried signs reading “my body, my choice”, some compared the vaccine checks to Nazi Germany. Angered New Yorkers also protested to impeach Biden, calling him a ‘killer, pervert (and) traitor’ while some were spotted in Make America Great Again (MAGA) hats and sporting red, white and blue clothes.

A protestor talked to TJV News and explained “ many of us, have the antibodies already, we had COVID, it is not medically necessary to take a vaccine if you had the virus, some people here in this crowd, have serious health conditions, which make it medically impossible to get a vaccine, these laws are not fair to hundreds and thousands of people, if we do not stand up now, this trend starting in NYC and Los Angeles is sure to spread everywhere”

                        (AP) – (additional reporting by Jared Evan)

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