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A 72 year-old woman has agreed to sell her home to pay $45,000 to an Asian woman she branded ‘slant eye’ during a campaign of racist abuse which also saw her expose herself to the victim’s toddler.
Jan Myers will make the damages payout to Ti Pham after a years-long campaign of hatred which also saw the white senior citizen issue a death threat at her neighbor. She still faces criminal charges for threatening behavior.
On April 5 last year, ‘these anti-Asian racial slurs escalated to threatening behavior,’ according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of Pham and her husband, Bill Healy.
Myers that day referred to the neighbor as ‘slant eye,’ and yelled ‘Hey Miss Vietnam … You’re not going to live very long,’ according to the charges, while Pham was doing some garden in her front yard. The threat on Pham’s life was captured on camera.
Police said the neighbor recorded video that documented the confrontation on her cellphone. In another unrelated incident, filmed by the neighbors, Healy claimed that Myers even exposed herself to Pham and their two-year-old son.
Myers was filmed walking around while exposing her privates.
Ti Pham, left, has sued her neighbor Jan Myers, 72, right, after years of eradicate behavior and yelling racial slurs at her for years. Myers is forced to sell her home and move, before allocating $45k to Pham as part of a civil settlement
On April 4, Pham was gardening in her driveway when Myers (pictured) drove by her home, directing racial slurs at her, such as ‘Miss Vietnam’ and ‘slant eye,’ before telling her that ‘you’re not going to live very long’. Pictured: Cell phone footage taken by Pham of the hate crime
In another incident, which took place before the April 4 drive-by, Myers exposed herself in front of Pham (pictured) and her two-year-old son
Myers had complained previously that the neighbors’ cat had defecated on her lawn, police said. In an interview with deputies, she denied making threats or calling the neighbor ‘Miss Vietnam.’ Police said the statements ‘were inconsistent with what the video showed.’
Pham said she filed the lawsuit mainly because she no longer felt self in her home, according to KING 5. Adding on to his wife’s comment, Healy labeled the harassment as ‘devastating.’
Myers was released on her own recognizance after an initial court hearing. She is scheduled to attend an arraignment April 22.
Pham and Healy’s lawyers described the civil settlement, announced on Thursday during a press conference, as a ‘victory’ for their client and a ‘victory’ for every victim of racial harassment who now know that there is a way to punish their offenders.
‘We need to make the people who are harassing people because of their race pay and make them pay the victim,’ lawyer Jeffery Campiche said.
The settlement states that Myers must sell her home within the next six months and that Pham will collected $45,000 from the home’s sale.
Court records do not show which attorney is representing Myers.
Myers (left), pictured in virtual court, was charged with a hate crime and was ordered to sell her home within the next six months and to give up $45,000 of that sell to Pham
Myers’ home in Shoreline, Washington, one of Seattle’s suburbs. Pham’s lawyers have called the settlement a victory for those who are constantly harassed and don’t believe in the legal system to punish their offenders
If Myers is unable to to sell her home, then the case’s proceedings will move forward and could be potentially decided by a jury, Campiche said.
‘I am happy that I can safely live in my home without racial harassment,’ Pham said. ‘We hope Jan Myers will follow through the agreement and move quickly.’
Myers will also face criminal charges for her actions when a case scheduling hearing will take place on April 25. Her trial is set to take place on June 8.
Meanwhile, the 72-year-old’s allegations are the latest in a national spike in anti-Asian hate crimes.
This was the 11th hate-crime case filed by King County prosecutors this year, with four involving victims identified as Asian American and/or Pacific Islanders, prosecutors said.