Hollywood costume designer Heather Patton claims she was “intoxicated” when she shouted the N-word several times at a Southern California drug store.
Cell phone video recorded on Sept. 24, showed Patton at a CVS in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles jumping up and down, and shouting “I hate ni–ers.”
She continued to yell while walking to her car and said: “I would kill a ni–er but the law says I can’t kill the ni–ers. If the law didn’t say that I couldn’t kill the ni–ers, they’d all be dead.”
Has anyone located Ms. Heather L Patton yet? She’s a costume designer in Hollywood and she doesn’t deserve to work again. Can’t believe this happened in Eagle Rock. They better find her and her racist threats.
— Malynda Hale (@MalyndaHale) September 26, 2019
A customer reported the rant to the LAPD and police have since launched an investigation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Patton now claims she was under the influence during the outburst. After the video went viral, she apologized in an Instagram Story and said she was fired from her job.
Her Instagram bio says, “Please do not contact me. I was intoxicated and I sincerely apologize to everyone whom I disrespected and let down for my actions. Please forgive me.”
According to her IMDb page, Patton’s costume design credits include the 2017 film The Saint, and the television series Private Practice and Medium.
Patricia Arquette, who starred on Medium retweeted the viral video of Patton’s racist rant and asked for an update on the police investigation.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 26, 2019
The Los Angeles city attorney’s office evaluated the case, but ultimately decided not to prosecute Patton.