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Chrissie Brodigan, 32, says her employer at Plum TV fired her because she did not defend herself well enough against charges that she was a bigot
WILLIAMSBURG, N.Y. (WPIX) - A Brooklyn woman who argued with an Orthodox Jewish cop at the Bedford Avenue subway station last week has lost her job. Thirty-two-year-old Chrissie Brodigan claims her boss at Plum TV did not think she had defended herself well against charges she was a bigot. "I received a lot of hate mail," she told PIX News.
The confrontation with Police Officer Joel Witriol happened on Monday, June 29, when she took her sick pug, Dempsey, out of his carrier, because he had thrown up. Witriol, the city's first, Hasidic Jewish cop -- who wears a yalmulke and paes (curls on the side of his face) -- stopped her at the Bedford Avenue station. She told PIX News he demanded identification, and when she could not produce it, he became agitated when she tried to walk off. Brodigan claims he kicked her ankles apart and held one of her arms to the wall, "There are two strong witnesses who photographed the incident," Brodigan said.
Yet The New York Post quoted another witness who said Brodigan hurled ethnic slurs at Officer Witriol. "I believe this to be a fabricated witness," Brodigan told PIX News from her Brooklyn apartment, a day after getting fired by the CEO at Plum TV.
Brodigan told PIX News when she received her graduate degree in history, she did a dissertation on civil rights. For nearly a year, she said she worked 12-hour days at Plum TV, rebuilding its website as Vice President for Online and Community. Plum TV has eight stations across the country, catering to wealthy clientele in vacation spots like Martha's Vineyard, The Hamptons and Aspen.
The New York Post would not respond to Brodigan's claims, telling PIX News it had "no comment." But Brodigan told us she's retained a lawyer, and she's considering filing a lawsuit against the paper, for allegedly slandering her.
Plum TV did issue a statement about Brodigan, saying "Her employment was terminated for valid reasons, unrelated to the determination of whether or not she made the objectionable statements as alleged in the press."
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