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Exclusive: Debris assessor films attack, racial slurs

2 years ago Wednesday, September 19, 2012 2:30:13 PM CDT September 19, 2012 Wednesday, September 19 2012 Sep 19, 2012 in News
Source: WBRZ

GRAND ISLE- A contractor from Plaquemine monitoring hurricane cleanup in Grand Isle was spit on and called the "N" word, and captured the entire assault on her cell phone.

"It was humiliating," Brandi Worley told News 2.  "It was just so hurtful."

Worley said two of her other coworkers were also hit by the man, who was arrested after the incident.  Grand Isle Police identified him as Josh Jambon, and said he was charged with battery.

As Worley began recording the racial slurs on her phone, Jambon noticed she was recording him with her phone.  That's when the video shows him going into a rage.

"I'm pleading with him not to touch me and leave me alone," Worley said.  "Nothing was said to him to upset him, then he goes and spits in my face. He did the cruelest thing he could think of to demean me, break me and make me feel less than human."

When News 2 reached Jambon by phone, he defended his character but acknowledged his arrest.

"I'm a really good guy," Jambon said.  "I'm a really good businessman."

When asked if he used racial slurs and the "N" word, he said, "I'd like to talk to you in front of my attorney."

When asked who is attorney was, the line disconnected.

Attorney Cleo Fields in Baton Rouge watched the video News 2 obtained.  He said it clearly shows a hate crime.

"There's no place in our society for that type of behavior," Fields said.  "I think he acted totally inappropriate."

As Worley tried to forget about what happened, she said her family is helping her get through the bigotry she encountered in Grand Isle.

"I'm crying today because I'm upset," Brandi's mother, Susan Worley said.  "I haven't slept all night and the fear is just in me."

Police Chief Euris Dubois said further charges against Jambon could be coming.

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