White man dehumanizes black party goers in plush NYC neighborhood
A guest attending a surprise birthday dinner in Queens at the home of a prominent black doctor says being hosed down by his white neighbor made them feel ‘like less than animals.’ Dossous, 47, attended doctor Yves Duroseau’s soiree for his sister Rosevony at his Forest Hills home in Queens on September 17 2022.
The doctor’s white neighbor, Marcus Rosebrock, allegedly sprayed down guests with a hose complaining that they were being ‘too loud,’ according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month. ‘We experienced a very specific, very heinous type of attack that harkens back to a dark period of this country’s history,’ plaintiff Katya Dossous told the New York Post in a statement through her lawyers Tuesday. ‘An attack I believe was premeditated, deliberate and thought out with the intent to make us feel less than, like animals.’
The Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit filed by 19 celebrants claims that Dossous ‘attempted to speak calmly with [Rosebrock] in an effort to get [him] to stop. All guests in attendance were black and Latino except for one white guest, the outlet reported.
‘Rosebrock also turned his water hose on plaintiff Dossous at high intensity and viciously hosed her with water from head to toe,’ the suit claims. A statement given by the 47-year-old said ‘water hoses have long been used against people of color… Mr Rosebrock chose this specific method with the intent of dehumanizing us.’
Among the A-list guest list was music executive Rigo Morales (pictured), former Fordham Law classmates of Rosevony’s and was catered by Vanessa Cantave – winner of season 11 of Bravo show ‘Rocco’s Dinner Party.’ At about 9:50pm on Sept 17 the festivities came to a jarring halt after a white woman with a German Shepherd came over and demanded the music to be turned down, the suit claims.
Rosebrock then allegedly proceeded to drench guests with his hose a move ‘reminiscent’ of 1960s Birmingham Alabama when cops used to use fire hoses to break up civil rights activists, the court documents claim. ‘We feel completely aggrieved and obligated as proud New Yorkers and American citizens to share how deeply devastating, sickening and offensive this incident was,’ Dossous told The Post.
‘We will not let racist harassment stand. We feel obligated to use our voices against any kind of racist harassment.’ Plaintiff lawyer Mina Malik slammed Rosebrock’s actions and said he’s shown little remorse for his alleged actions. ‘Our clients are gracious, hardworking and dedicated professionals who have made positive contributions to our society, and they should not have been treated as subhuman,’ Malik said. ‘Marcus Rosebrock’s lack of responsibility and remorse speaks volumes.’
Rosebrock’s lawyer, Brandon Gillard, said in a statement Tuesday that his client ‘refutes any characterization that he is racist or that his actions were racially motivated.’ Gillard went on to say that it is a ‘false equivalence’ to compare party goers to civil rights protestors claiming Duroseau attendees were ‘aggressive and violent.’ He did not go into further detail about the neighbors alleged actions that night, the Post reported.
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