Woman who went on racist rant outside cocktail bar is identified

EXCLUSIVE: Married mother-of-two, 51, is revealed as the woman filmed making racist rant as she left an upmarket cocktail bar – as she gets caution after admitting carrying out vile outburst

  • Accountant Justine Morrison went on a racist rant as she left Vine Bar in Halifax
  • Morrison is a married mother of two who had worked with a local dance school
  • The 51-year-old has admitted the offences and received a conditional caution

A married mother of two who burst into a finger-jabbing, racist rant as she left an upmarket cocktail bar can be revealed as accountant Justine Morrison.

The 51-year-old lives with her husband and two daughters on farmland outside Halifax in West Yorkshire and had worked with Shine Theatre Arts, a local children’s dance school.

It was reported that they had sacked her after the video of her appalling behaviour went viral on social media.

Ms Morrison has admitted the offences and accepted a conditional caution, which involves taking part in a restorative justice programme and accepting responsibility for her actions. 

A married mother of two who burst into a finger-jabbing, racist rant as she left an upmarket cocktail bar can be revealed as accountant Justine Morrison

The incident happened on Friday night outside the Vine Bar, set among Halifax’s historic mills, after she was escorted out for upsetting other customers on Friday evening

The incident happened on Friday night outside the Vine Bar, set among Halifax’s historic mills, after she was escorted out for upsetting other customers on Friday evening. 

When contacted by MailOnline, a spokeswoman for Shine said: ‘This is all really, really upsetting. I have been told by the police that I should make no comment about this. I can’t say any more.’

In the video, Mrs Morrison, wearing a blue blouse, says to the bouncer: ‘Oh my god you must be so proud. You’re working on a door,’ clapping her hands together in mock applause.

A man standing behind her, believed to be her husband Anthony, tells her: ‘Come on, let’s go.’

Before walking off, she points her finger at the doorman and says: ‘You, black man.’

As she walks away, staggering on her heels, she turns and spits out the word, ‘black’ before continuing: ‘That’s why you get a name. Black.’

The video was posted to Facebook by a user called Dally Whylie, who said: ‘Love the first week bk on the door after Xmas. Please can I make it quite clear that the dance class shine no longer employing this woman and it should not affect the dance school in any way at all.’

It was shared over 4,300 times with most appalled by her attitude.

Laura Corrigan wrote: ‘Can’t believe this still happens in 2023, disgusting! What a role model for her two daughters.’

While Karen Holt posted: ‘No doubt she’ll say she’s not racist and say her third cousin on her husbands side has a black boyfriend.’

And Heidi Molloy mocked: ‘Wonder if she clapping hands now oh you must be so proud Justine…hope you enjoyed your night in the cells.’

Police confirmed that a woman had been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public disorder and been held over the weekend.

Ms Morrison’s Twitter profile says she has been married to Anthony for 23 wonderful years and that she loves ‘Schofe’, the Twitter handle for Philip Schofield

The bust-up happened outside the Vine Bar, set among the town’s historic mills, after she was escorted out for upsetting other customers (file image)

The 51-year-old lives with her husband and two daughters on farmland outside Halifax in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Police said: ‘A 51-year-old woman was arrested and interviewed in relation to an incident of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress which took place at Vine Bar, in Stainland Road, West Vale, Halifax on Friday 6 January.

‘She admitted the offences and received a conditional caution, as a criminal justice outcome with conditions. 

‘This includes taking part in the restorative justice programme and accepting responsibility for her actions.’

Mrs Morrison is understood to be the daughter of a retired policeman.

Her Twitter profile says she has been married to Anthony for 23 wonderful years and that she loves ‘Schofe’, the Twitter handle for Philip Schofield.

It reveals a love of Jersey and family holidays abroad.

The incident happened at the Vine cocktail bar in the Greetland area of Halifax.

Bar owner Lynda Gionotti released a statement after the incident, saying the staff were ‘truly appalled’, ‘shocked’ and ‘saddened’ over the abuse.

The statement read: ‘All the staff and management at Vine are truly appalled at the behaviour of the customer who racially abused our doorman last Friday evening.

‘This kind of behaviour towards our staff will not be tolerated and we are thankful that West Yorkshire Police took swift and decisive action.

‘Abuse of hospitality staff is unfortunately a problem that needs stamping out. No one should have to go to work and endure abuse it’s just not acceptable.’

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