Rebellion Bar and Urban Kitchen owner Seung Hong told NOLA.com the Orange Is the New Black store was “having like a tantrum” and was booted from the establishment on Friday night. Hong claimed that Rose “cursed out” a bartender and threw food.
In a Saturday Facebook post, Rose didn’t dispute that she threw food at the bar’s waitstaff, but she claimed she was egged on after the bartender mocked her sobriety.
“My assistant, tour manager and myself arrived at an establishment last night for dinner before my show in New Orleans,” Rose wrote. “We waited 60 minutes for fries and over 90 minutes for food that never actually arrived. When I asked about it, the bartender offered us drinks. I explained I’m sober, but thank you.
“He then made some really rude and vulgar comments to the table,” she continued. “When someone makes repeated derogatory jokes about the sobriety I worked so hard to achieve, it’s hard not to react emotionally. So I threw a singular fry at him. Then he came back as we were getting ready to leave and continued making awful comments, so I continued with the fries. Every day I learn new lessons about handling cultural and social ignorance. I am deeply regretful to the French fry and I am regretful that I reacted at all. Maybe next time I won’t throw fries, then again, maybe next time that bartender won’t tell someone who is sober to “go call your f—king sponsor!”
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Rose added that she had “worked in hospitality for 5 years” and has “huge love, respect and admiration for servers around the world and how hard they work.”
In his interview with NOLA.com, Hong didn’t specify why Rose was upset, saying she was “already king of pretty over-the-top upset, link of laying into me” after he asked her to leave.
He said, “It was the first time I’ve ever had to ask someone to leave, and it was Ruby Rose.”