A revered publicist is claiming that an actor called her the n-word after she denied him entry to an event at Miami's Art Basel.
Fabian Basabe tried to gain entry to artist Mickalene Thomas' "Better Nights" show at the Bass Museum, but top publicist Tayo Otiti stopped him from entering the party where Jody Watley was playing because it was packed.
"The room is at capacity… People have to leave for me to let people in," Otiti told Page Six.
She then claims that Basabe was then escorted in by a museum bigwig, but Otiti says he wound up "pissing off a bunch of people inside."
"When he's leaving, he starts screaming at the top of his lungs, 'peasant,' 'whore,' 'bitch' at me … When he's 50 yards away, he screams, 'F–k you [N-word] bitch,'" she said.
Basabe denies that he ever used the racial slur:
"There aren't two sides to this. There is fact," he told us. He said a museum board member got him past the line into the party: "To avoid drama … I called my friend … I was dancing with everybody — the waitresses, the bartenders. I don't mean to be full of myself, [but] people genuinely love me."
He added that there was "no argument whatsoever. In passing, I said, 'nice try, peasant.' I 100 percent said it and will apologize for it. But she's using the N-word and 'whore' to rally support … It is deeply upsetting and not true for her to use these trigger words," he said, adding that he has famous friends of color: "I just had in my home, Cuba Gooding Jr. . … praying with my kid! I just had George Foreman in my home just this past week … It's truly unfair."
Basabe has served Otiti with a cease-and-desist letter demanding refrain from speaking on the matter.