A Florida woman is facing a potential civil rights enforcement action for allegedly threatening an Asian-American woman earlier this month in Kennebunkport.
Vicki Lush, 66, of Port St. Lucie, is accused of threatening to hit the woman with her van and swerving in the direction of the woman in a parking lot following a dispute at a seafood establishment, according to the Maine Attorney Aaron Frey.
The confrontation began June 6 while the woman was sampling chowder. Lush allegedly called the woman a “foreigner” and told her to go back to “your country.”
The woman, who was visiting Maine from Massachusetts, told Lush “you wouldn’t say that to a white person.” Then Lush allegedly responded by calling her a “Chinese (expletive).”
In the parking lot, after swerving her van in the direction of the woman, Lush allegedly told the woman “you have no idea who you are messing with,” “I’ll lay you out right here,” “get out of my way or I’ll run you over” and “you foreigners need to go home.”
Frey’s office is seeking an order to protect the victim by prohibiting Lush from having any contact with her and from violating the Maine Civil Rights Act in the future.
The Maine Civil Rights Act prohibits the use of violence, threats of violence or property damage that’s motivated by a person’s race, color, religious, sex, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.