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 the dance school had sacked her after a video went viral on social media of her jabbing her finger at a bouncer and saying: ‘You, black man,’ before spitting out the word ‘black’ again.
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.
Justine Morrison, a married mother-of-two, burst into a finger-jabbing, racist rant as she left an upmarket cocktail bar. Pictured with her husband, Anthony
The incident happened on Friday night outside Vine Bar, set among Halifax’s historic mills, after Ms Morrison was escorted out of the venue for upsetting other customers
The incident happened on Friday night outside Vine Bar, set among Halifax’s historic mills, after Ms Morrison was escorted out of the venue for upsetting other customers.
When contacted by MailOnline, a spokesman 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, Ms 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 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 on Facebook by a user called Dally Whylie, who said: ‘Love the first week [back] on the door after Xmas. Please can I make it quite clear that the dance class Shine [is] 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 viewers 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 husband’s side has a black boyfriend.’
And Heidi Molloy mocked: ‘Wonder if she’s 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.
On her Twitter profile Ms Morrison writes that she loves ‘Schofe’, the Twitter handle for Philip Schofield. She has also posted a picture of herself and her sister with Schofield and Holly Willoughby at a This Morning event
Vine Bar in Halifax, where the racist attack took place
51-year-old Ms Morrison 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.’
Ms 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.
Vine Bar owner Lynda Gionotti said in a statement that 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.’