LATEST: Anarchist Who Harassed Woman In Viral Video Gets Fired From Job
Portland, OR – The anarchist seen in a viral video berating a woman, who said that she's a 9/11 widow, has been fired from his job due to his behavior.
The video showed the woman as she stood on a street corner, facing away from a man in a black hooded sweatshirt.
After the video went viral, multiple news outlets identified the anarchist as Steve Wilson.
“Why you tryin’ to block me? I’m tryin’ to f--kin walk here,” he yelled at the back of her head.
The woman paused for a moment, then told him she was obeying the traffic signal.
“You’re a f--king snarky little f--king idiot… should shut the f--k up,” he snarled at her.
The woman smiled, then told him to “try something, b--ch.”
The antifa member said he wasn’t going to “punch” her like her husband or boyfriend would.
“I’m not like your cop boyfriend who’s gonna f--kin' knock you out, so don’t worry,” he said.
The woman then turned to face him, and pointed at her NYPD ball cap.
“My husband died in 9/11,” she said.
“Good for him – good!” the man retorted. “Your husband should probably f--king… rot in the grave.”
Another video clip showed Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy member Tusitala "Tiny" Toese confront Wilson, who then ran away (video below).
The Oregonian reported that they learned the identify of the woman and that they could not locate records confirming that she was a 9/11 widow.
Wilson was working as a specialist at Self Enhancement, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists African-American youth, at the time of his vulgar tirade, The Oregonian reported.
He had held that position since 2015, according to the paper.
On Saturday, Self Enhancement, Inc. confirmed that Wilson is no longer working for the company.
“Steve Wilson is no longer an employee of SEI,” the organization said in a tweet. “His behavior does not represent the values of our organization nor the high expectations that we have for our employees.”
Wilson could not be reached for comment on Monday, The Oregonian reported.
Professional skateboarder Charlie Wilkins, who bears a resemblance to Wilson, was originally mistakenly identified as the man in the video immediately after it went viral, KGW reported.
Wilkins received a number of death threats and was harassed on social media until he fought back to clear his name.
“They’ve been writing things like, ‘we have friends who know where you hang out so you better watch your back,’” Wilkins said. Others had demanded that his sponsors fire him.
“People were being really vicious,” Wilkins’ wife, Victoria, told the Willamette Week. “I get it—what the guy [in the video] said was awful. It's an unfortunate resemblance, but people don't do their homework.”
Brandon Farley, who shot the now-viral video of Wilson accosting the widow, also defended Wilkins on social media.
“I do not want to ruin an innocent man’s life!” Farley wrote in a Twitter post. “Stop this thoughtless tirade immediately! Get the facts! He’s not the guy in my videos. Keep searching or move on, please.”
Self Enhancement, Inc. was recently sued by one of its employees over allegations that staff members and supervisors had created a sexualized atmosphere that included inappropriate relationships with students, The Oregonian reported.
The organization has denied the allegations, but at least one high school has stopped working with the program while the allegations are being investigated.
You can see video clips from the confrontation below: