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Racism? African Filmmaker Thrown Down The Stairs By Airbnb Landlord In Amsterdam

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A 47-year-old AirBnB landlord is facing attempted murder charges after a video emerged of him pushing a tourist down a flight of stairs. Footage showing South African filmmaker Sibahle Steve Nkumbi falling head first down a steep staircase appeared on social media.The shocking incident came after an argument prompted by Ms Nkumbi and three friends arriving late for their check-out time.

The footage shows the man shouting ‘out, out’ as he chucks the clothes and suitcases of the women out of the flat and down the stairs. But then the landlord angrily shouts ‘out now’ and can be seen pushing Ms Nkumbi, down the steep staircase. She hit ground hard and seems to hit the wall and the floor with her face, and then remains motionless.

The video then shows the landlord walking down the stairs and calling for someone to call an ambulance, ostensibly realising to his own horror what he has just done. ‘He was like open up open up open up and then she opened and this guy was extremely emotional… I asked him why he was being so emotional, we are leaving.’

Ms Nkumbi said the man then became ‘verbally abusive’ and said ‘you need to leave now, this is not Africa’. The filmmaker said when she tried to leave, her attacker ‘couldn’t resist’ the opportunity to grab her. ‘The way he grabbed me, I knew he was going to throw me down there. I freaked out. As I’m resisting against the wall, he’s trying to get me to his position and eventually I lost grip of the wall because it’s a wall, there’s nothing to hold on to. That’s when I flew down, all the way down.’ Showing off her bruises under her arms from where he allegedly grabbed her, the filmmaker, who has concussion, added: ‘The last thing I remember was when I realised he was going to throw me down there. Flying down the stairs, I don’t remember, I passed out and woke up in hospital.’

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‘As I’m resisting against the wall, he’s trying to get me to his position and eventually I lost grip of the wall because it’s a wall, there’s nothing to hold on to. That’s when I flew down, all the way down.’ Showing off her bruises under her arms from where he allegedly grabbed her, the filmmaker, who has concussion, added: ‘The last thing I remember was when I realised he was going to throw me down there. Flying down the stairs, I don’t remember, I passed out and woke up in hospital.’

Prosecutors were considering a charge of attempted murder but were still studying the facts, an official from the prosecutors office told Reuters. Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky would contact the guests involved, the company said in a statement. ‘Appalling and unconscionable behaviour against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for,’ David King, an Airbnb official said. ‘We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution. Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated.

‘Photo Credit: Getty

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