An Asian man who worked as a Sotheby’s realtor is facing charges for telling two black men they were in a ‘no-n***** zone’ while proclaiming ‘I’m a racist’ in shocking confrontation in Arizona caught on video.
Paul Ng was arrested and booked on two disorderly conduct charges, both misdemeanors, after he confronted 25-year-old YouTuber Andre ‘Dre’ Abram and his roommate in Scottsdale on Friday morning around 7am.
The two were recording a podcast for Abram’s YouTube channel near Main Street when Ng approached them and asked what the two men were doing.
‘Why are you coming over here?’ Abram asks in the video when Ng gets close.
Paul Ng of Scottsdale, Arizona (above) was arrested on Saturday for telling black YouTuber Andre Abram and his friend they were in a ‘no-n***** zone’ and saying ‘I’m a racist’ in a shocking rant caught on video Friday morning
The two were recording a podcast for Abram’s YouTube channel when Ng approached them and asked what the two men were doing. At one point in the conversation Ng pointed at himself and said ‘I’m a racist’. Abram pictured filming himself walking away from Ng right
‘This is a no n***** zone,’ Ng says in the clip. ‘Not really,’ Abram (above) replies
‘I just want to see what you guys are taking pictures of,’ Ng replies, adding ‘We’ve had trouble around here.’
Abram says he lives in Scottsdale and Ng had no right taking pictures of him on his phone.
‘I live in Scottsdale. Why are you taking pictures of me?… And I don’t know you. Do you know a lot of white men are doing racist things in this world sir?’
‘I’m a racist,’ Ng says pointing at himself, leading a stunned Abram to reply: ‘You are a racist?’
‘I’m a racist…so what’s the issue?’ Ng says.
‘So why are you here?’ Abram replies.
‘Because this is a no n***** zone,’ Ng says.
‘Not really,’ Abram says.
Ng has since lost his job at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Real Estate Agency in Scottsdale
Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Real Estate Agency released a statement Monday saying they learned of the ‘extremely hateful and racist video’ on Sunday and Paul Ng demonstrated ‘abhorrent, unacceptable behavior’ and upon learning of the incident they severed his license and terminated his involvement. They said Ng had not sold a home with the agency in two years and any commissions will be donated to local charities
Abram ended the video saying he was going to continue to film his video in the space and Ng couldn’t do anything about it.
‘It’s a numbing feeling. Someone is seriously doing this to me right now? And at that point, it’s, “Be smart, be smart,”‘ Abram said to 12News.
He shared the video on his social media where he goes by LILAJDRE, where it gained more than 250,000 views on Instagram by Tuesday afternoon.
‘I want him prosecuted to the furthest extent. I feel like this is a huge example,’ Abram said.
In the video Abram said he thought Ng was an employee at the River Trading Post as their confrontation took place in front of the business.
‘It’s a numbing feeling. Someone is seriously doing this to me right now? And at that point, it’s, “Be smart, be smart,”‘ Abram said on the racist attack
Owner Kathi Ouellet said Ng is not affiliated with the store but he lives in the condo above it. She said since the video went viral the business has received death threats and negative reviews because of the video.
‘As far as I’m concerned, it was off the charts wrong. Frankly, I found this really shocking. I didn’t expect this from him,’ she said.
Ng has since lost his job at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s Real Estate Agency in Scottsdale.
‘On Sunday we learned of an extremely hateful and racist video that was posted to social media showing one of our inactive Independent Contractors, Paul Ng, demonstrating abhorrent, unacceptable behavior. Upon learning of this video we took immediate action in severing his license, terminating his involvement with us effective immediately and condemning his disgusting behavior,’ the agency said in a statement.
The agency said they also reported Ng to the Arizona Department of Real Estate and recommended his license be revoked.
Ng told officers who visited his home later that evening that he was suspicious of Abram and his friend because they had an expensive looking camera and the car they were driving had a Michigan license plate, according to AZCentral.
So he took photos of the two and texted them to local business owners.
In the video Abram said he thought Ng was an employee at the River Trading Post as their confrontation took place in front of the business. Owner Kathi Ouellet said Ng is not affiliated with the store but lives in the condo above it and since then the business has received death threats and negative reviews because of the video
‘As far as I’m concerned, it was off the charts wrong. Frankly, I found this really shocking. I didn’t expect this from him,’ Kathi Ouellet said
Ng said he watches over the neighborhood and started to talk about the Black Lives Matter Movement and Antifa, saying he expects there may be protests ahead of the presidential election, according to the police report.
An officer returned to interview Ng at his residence on Saturday asking him if he understood that his comments could provoke a fight.
He said he ‘did not see why there was so much energy wasted on the incident. Paul was certain that the incident would be forgotten within a week,’ according to the police report.
The officer then arrested Ng. Arrest documents show he was processed and released on his own recognizance.