In a slur and expletive-laden exchange with a neighbor, Miami TV news producer Robin Cross was caught on camera shouting the n-word at a neighbor when arguing about street parking.
According to the Miami Herald, 49-year-old Robin Cross, who was working with WSVN-TV, had been a figure in South Florida news for most of her adult life. Then, last week, her neighbor’s son sent the station a letter and video evidence of the incident, which soon went viral.
Less than a week later, Cross was fired.
A spokesperson for the TV station said in a statement,
After conducting a thorough investigation, WSVN has terminated a 7 News producer who was caught on cellphone video using a racial slur. WSVN will not tolerate any kind of discriminatory language or behavior.
“You don’t fucking own the road,” Cross yelled at a neighbor, who she said was blocking her driveway. It was apparently part of an ongoing dispute she’s had with her neighbor since moving to the neighborhood four years ago. Cross’ neighbor is Robert Fenton, 66, and he’s white. To Fenton’s ire, she allegedly parks her car in front of his house as well.
Cross then launched into a tirade about how street parking is illegal anyway, but says the 66-year-old Fenton also parks there when the space is open.
At the end of the 50-second video, Cross can be heard yelling,
Yes, I used the word “fucking,” if you haven’t heard it before. Except for your fucking son, who’s dating a fucking [n-word]. Mmm-hm, I said it out loud. Finally.
Cross, the Herald reported, told her employer that she simply “lost her cool” in the argument, which was filmed by Fenton, and that he and “his family have been harassing her about parking near their house.”
Fenton’s son, an attorney, wrote to Cross’ station manager demanding her immediate termination. In his letter, Avery Fenton wrote, “Your employee reduced my girlfriend to nothing other than a slur based off of the color of her skin last night.”
What’s not seen in the video, said dad Robert Fenton, is that, at one point, Cross was waving her WSVN press credentials at him:
She was using her press credentials as a weapon. It’s saying, “Look at who I am and how much power I have. I’m gonna get you.” Obviously, she is very bigoted and there’s something wrong with her.
Robin Cross, 49, a 25-year news veteran who has worked at CBS 4 and NBC 6 in Miami and CBS 12 in West Palm Beach, as well as WIOD-610 AM radio, has been told to stay home and write a statement explaining her side of her story.
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