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Solid8 CEO Michael Lofthouse resigns over racial outburst video

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The chief executive of a California technology company stepped down after the release of a video showing him using vulgar and racist language toward an Asian family at a restaurant.

Solid8 CEO Michael Lofthouse resigned from the San Francisco Bay Area tech startup Saturday, CBS station KPIX-TV reports.

Lofthouse issued a statement announcing his departure from Solid8, but he did not say if he was leaving voluntarily or at the request of the company.

"My comments towards the families involved were racist, hurtful and deeply inappropriate," Lofthouse said.

Jordan Chan said her family was celebrating her aunt's birthday at the Lucia restaurant at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa in Carmel Valley July 4.

Chan said a man insulted and harassed her family with racist language before a waitress told him to leave.

The video Chan posted to social media shows Lofthouse cursing and gesturing with his middle finger at the family. Lofthouse also said, "Trump's gonna f— you," followed by "You f—— need to leave! You f—— Asian piece of s—!" 

A server told Lofthouse to leave, telling him, "No, you do not talk to our guests like that. Get out of here."

In an Instagram post with a video of the encounter, Chan urged people to vote. "The surfacing of racists is so prevalent right now, even in such an ethnically/culturally diverse and liberal state like California, because Trump HIMSELF uses his position to incite racial tension and to promote aggression towards POC, foreigners, and immigrants," she wrote.

Chan also said she had never dealt with racism "on that scale. "Never on the level where somebody completely unprovoked felt obligated to voice their hatred for absolutely no reason," she said.

Lofthouse said in his statement that he plans to enroll in an anti-racist program and added, "I wholeheartedly acknowledge that I am complicit in a system that enables this behavior and these broken beliefs to exist but I am dedicated to changing."

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