The man who shares children with Stephanie Denaro, the woman who called a Black bakery employee the N-word, is speaking out.
In an interview with TMZ on Thursday, Durven Dawes, who is Black and who shares four children with Denaro, denounced his ex’s racial attack against Davidovich Bakery employee Victor Kamara.
“She’s responsible for her actions and she’s damag[ing] our children by race spitting poison out of her mouth,” he said. “I have a problem with everybody using that form of language. Even my own children.”
Dawes added that he is concerned for his children’s safety and hopes Denaro — dubbed “Bagel Karen” by social media users — could get “proper mental care and be monitored effectively” for her well-being.
He also apologized to Victor on behalf of his family, saying, “I hope you can forgive in your heart. I think you have it in your heart, man.”
The outlet reports that Dawes previously lost a custody battle with Denaro.
In a video shot by Instagram user @reallycutekid and posted by TMZ, Denaro and Kamara get into an exchange, presumably because she is not wearing a mask. Kamara also appears to accuse Denaro of looking at him in a certain way.
That’s when Denaro calls Kamara a “----- --- ------,” and reportedly leaves the scene shortly afterward.
After the incident, Denaro has been banned from both the bakery and all of Essex Market in the Lower East Side.
On a positive note, Kamara has received an outpouring of support from social media users and customers, many of whom have given him gifts such as money and a prepaid Metro card.
On Thursday, a spokesperson for Mercy College told TMZ that they have reached out to Kamara about a scholarship.
According to Revolt, Denaro has allegedly defended her behavior, reportedly writing on Instagram, “Can’t be racist if I have Black children.”
In an interview with PIX11, Denaro denied saying a racial slur, but rather a form of the word that she claims “people of all different ethnicities and races use.”
“Is it OK if their father [uses that word] when he’s talking about people he knows?” she asked before adding, “If a Black woman was using that same phrase that I used, nobody would be making a big deal about it.”