Woman shoved down stairs at Airbnb for 'late checkout'

SHOCKING footage has emerged of the moment a South African woman was pushed down a steep flight of stairs by an Airbnb landlord in Amsterdam.

In the clip, uploaded to social media, the woman, artist Steve Nkumbi, can be seen being grabbed in a scuffle with the unnamed male landlord, The Sun reports.

 

Steve can be seen tumbling down the stairs. She later said she suffered a concussion, swelling, bruises and a black eye.
Steve can be seen tumbling down the stairs. She later said she suffered a concussion, swelling, bruises and a black eye.

She is then pushed and tumbles down the stairs. She said the fall resulted in a concussion, swelling to the back of her head, bruises and a black eye.

The man can be seen rushing down the stairs after her, as other members of her group become extremely distressed.

Writing on her Facebook page, Steve said she believed the altercation was racially motivated.

"When racism is unapologetically visible. I was assaulted, verbally abused and physically abused by a white man! This happened to me this morning! I am in agony," she said.

 

People rushed to help Steve, left, and right, a man shoves Steve and tells her to 'get out'.
People rushed to help Steve, left, and right, a man shoves Steve and tells her to 'get out'.

The clip has been viewed over 20,000 times on Instagram where it was shared by famous South African photographer Zanele Muholi, who witnessed the assault.

Speaking to Dutch media, Steve said the problem began because she and three colleagues, who were in the Netherlands for an art exhibition, were an hour late checking out of their holiday rental in the Potgieterstraat area.

She told Netherlands-based journalist Kevin P Roberson they apologised "profusely".

But the female landlord had returned with a man who allegedly "banged on the door" before behaving "aggressively" towards the young women - eventually pushing Steve down the stairs after shouting at her to "get out".

Steve added she was hospitalised and interviewed by local police following the ordeal.

The NL Times reported a 47-year-old man has been arrested.

Steve Nkumbi, an artist visiting Amsterdam from South Africa, said she believed the attack on her was racially motivated.
Steve Nkumbi, an artist visiting Amsterdam from South Africa, said she believed the attack on her was racially motivated.

Meanwhile, Airbnb have insisted they are dealing with the "abhorrent" incident and are prepared to assist police with investigations.

David King, Airbnb's director of diversity and belonging, told The Sun Online: "Appalling and unconscionable behaviour against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for. Our CEO Brian Chesky and I are reaching out to the affected guests.

"We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution.

"Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated."

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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