The bouncer who was subject to a racist diatribe by a drunken Brooklyn bar-goer says he wants to bury the hatchet and “hug it out” with man.
Real estate agent Chris Giardina was caught on video calling Jose Arturo Lopez, a bouncer at Bushwick performance venue The House of Yes, the N-word while also shouting racial slurs against Latinos.
Giardina, who claims the bouncer punched him before the camera started rolling, lost his job at real estate broker MySpace NYC over the footage.
But Lopez says he wants to meet up with Giardina, 29, and his boss to make amends.
“We are living in hard times in our communities, and a conversation will do more good than firing someone,” the 38-year-old Bronx resident told The Post. “There’s nothing to learn if he just gets fired. It just increases anger. I think we should just hug it out.”
Giardina Monday said he “deeply regrets[s]” his actions and is considering taking Lopez up on the offer.
“In retrospect, I understand the security needs to protect all other patrons, and the establishment and do not fault him outside of placing his hands on me. Everyone involved overreacted because this high-pressure scenario the end result is unknown.
“It was a fight, not a random encounter that prompted the use of racial slur. Becoming verbally agitated is a different category then assault and the public should know that.”
Lopez maintains he never punched Giardina, but says a fellow bouncer pushed the man before the cameras were rolling.
“The only time, as you might seen on video that I slapped his hands was when he was trying to reach over my earpiece. To that I apologize; I should just had to take a step back or just ignored him,” said Lopez, who is working his way through hospitality management school at Monroe College.
Lopez said he mostly kept his cool during the video because racist remarks are nothing new for bouncers.
“This just happened to be on camera — it happens all the time,” he said. “I don’t get offended by adjectives or name-calling. I’ve been spit in the face, I’ve been sucker punched, I’ve been thrown on the floor — name-calling is the least of my issues.”