Swedish art critic Britt Tidelius, 81, allegedly launched into a racist tirade at hotel guest Confus Nekea at the Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge in March.
Two months later in May it is claimed the socialite assaulted and spat at a member of staff, Jurgita Tiauteriene, in the same hotel and racially abused her.
At Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court today, Tidelius pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating and two counts of racially aggravated abuse.
Carly Loftus, prosecuting, said: ‘On March 12, another guest, Miss Nekea, was sitting by her table in the restaurant inside the hotel which the defendant resides.
‘She asked hotel staff if she could charge her phone. They gave her permission to do so. The defendant was nearby and got annoyed by this.
‘(She) said, “what are you doing, you are disturbing me?” The defendant then threatened to call security on her, which the complainant said she is free to do so.’
Miss Nakea left and went back to check on her phone 15 minutes later, and Tidelius started screaming at her again, the court heard.
According to Miss Loftus, Tidelius told her: ‘What are you doing here? You should go back to your country, you monkey. You belong on the trees.’
She was escorted away from the scene, the court heard.
Two months later, on May 18, three members of staff at the same hotel were working on the seventh floor by the laundry chute.
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