Lawyer: Claim that Sean Spicer used racial slur in high school is false
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Lawyer: Claim that Sean Spicer used racial slur in high school is false

At book signing in Rhode Island, former classmate accused ex-White House press secretary of using epithet against him decades ago

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer (seated) at a book signing event in Newport News on July 27, 2018. (Screen capture: Facebook)
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer (seated) at a book signing event in Newport News on July 27, 2018. (Screen capture: Facebook)

NEW YORK — A lawyer for Sean Spicer said Sunday that an accusation that the former White House press secretary used a racial slur to describe a black student while in high school is false.

Attorney Michael Bowe said in emails to The Associated Press on Saturday night and Sunday that the allegation is false and defamatory.

It emerged when a man confronted Spicer at a book signing in Rhode Island on Friday in an encounter that local newspapers captured on video. The man, whom the newspapers identified as Alex Lombard, said Spicer used the epithet and tried to fight him while they attended Portsmouth Abbey School. A security guard then led Lombard away.

Before Spicer’s lawyer responded, Spicer’s publicist on Saturday called the claim outrageous and said Spicer did not remember the man or any such incident.

Sean Spicer book signing at Barnes & Noble.

Posted by The Newport Daily News on Friday, 27 July 2018

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