Married At First Sight star Cyrell Paule has opened up about a confronting experience over the weekend which saw her and boyfriend Eden Daly involved in a brawl.
The reality star claims she was racially vilified when a staff member referred to the Filipino-Australian as a ‘black monkey’ at Shoal Bay’s Pelican cafe.
A video emerged on social media which showed Cyrell being pushed by a woman after what appeared to be a verbal altercation.
The owner of the store, Deborah Wilson, has since come out and denied any involvement, claiming it was actually a customer who got physical with Cyrell and Eden, but no racism was involved.
“Myself and my staff who are my daughters witnessed an incident that occurred in our shop. In no way were we involved, nor were there any racial comments made towards anyone,” Deborah wrote on Facebook.
“I would appreciate people taking into consideration that this is my business, my livelihood & my family. We have had numerous allegations towards us accusing us of being racist. This is NOT TRUE.”
On Tuesday morning, Cyrell’s boyfriend Eden responded to Deborah’s claims on live radio, saying on KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O show: “We were having lunch and then we were going back to Cyrell's car and then this feral girl from across the street yelled, ‘Hey, Cyrell you mutt’”.
“And Cyrell said, ‘what did you say?’ - and [the woman] said, ‘you're a mutt... perhaps I should use the word black monkey, maybe that suits her better?’
“We went in our car to drive off and as we're driving past they're standing there and pretending to throw objects at our car, so then we pulled over [and] walked in the cafe,” Eden added.
Police confirmed to Yahoo Lifestyle Australia that the matter is being investigated.
Port Stephens-Hunter Police District Duty Officer, Acting Inspector Kristin Marshall said in a statement that “police are concerned about commentary on social media and would like to clarify at no time were anyone employed by the business involved in the incident”.
The statement also mentioned: “A number of customers including children were in the café at the time and when the couple returned, the altercation became physical inside, and another female customer intervened and attempted to separate the parties.
“The man and woman again left, and no reports of injuries have been received.”
Just last week, Cyrell opened up about the racism she has faced in the past, and more recently, since appearing on Married At First Sight.
“Probably one of the worst things I received was getting called a black monkey or something like that,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle Australia.
“But you know what, I’m a fighter. I’m stronger for it. It really doesn’t bring me down.”
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