The white woman at the centre of a racially-charged 911 call in New York City's Central Park on Monday once sued an alleged ex-lover for stealing US$65,000, according to a report. 'I worry that if she had not been filmed, this woman may have been given the benefit of the doubt, and that this man could have faced serious, perhaps life-threatening consequences if the police had arrived'. Unperturbed, he continues to record her saying, "Please call the cops".
Appearing on "The View" Thursday, Mr. Cooper called the death threats against her "abhorrent". The request took a chaotic, racist turn that left the woman facing backlash and Christian offering her some (undeserved) sympathy.
In the video, the woman, who has identified herself as Amy Cooper (no relation to Christian Cooper), asks him to stop recording, pulls out her phone and says she's going to call police and "tell them there's an African American man threatening my life".
She did so, and police came, though they took no action. (Christian Cooper via AP) Cooper added that he wanted to "move it a little bit beyond her, because it's not really about her and her poor judgment in a snap second". "I find it odd that people who were upset that ... that she tried to bring death by cop down on my head, would then turn around and try to put death threats on her head". 'But [does] that define her entire life?
Cooper had previously spoken to NBC New York, where he said he had chose to keep filming as he refused to be intimidated, and noted racism in American society. "I'm not a racist", she told the network. "The Central Park Civic Association condemns this behavior and is calling on Mayor de Blasio to impose a lifetime ban on this lady for her deliberate, racial misleading of law enforcement".
"I am not going to feed into this".
Cooper was bird watching on Memorial Day in an area of the park called the Ramble, which is home to "delicate" plants and wildlife, when he saw Amy Cooper walking her dog off-leash, he told "The View" on Thursday.
"It's posted all over the Ramble - dogs are supposed to be on a leash at all times - but unfortunately, we've had a problem with this for many, many years".
After the enormous backlash against Amy, Christian is now saying he is uncomfortable with the response, according to the New York Times.
57-year-old Christian Cooper has reportedly been an avid birder since childhood and on May 25 he was made his usual daily trip in the woods of Manhattan's Central Park to escape the city's cacophony. After the video was posted on Monday, the firm placed her on leave. "It could have killed my brother", she said. "But she went there and had this racist act that she did". "I think it's a first step". However, the target of that failed lawsuit, Martin Priest, told Oxygen.com that the allegations were "untrue", "completely fabricated", and "false" - claiming that Cooper once stalked him. "I did not mean to harm that man in any way".