Keith Prince, of the London Assembly, has apologised for the 'petty' argument getting out of hand which pretty quickly 'got personal'.
The politician was filmed by a fellow commuter in a dispute which began with an intrusion of space and quickly turned 'racist'.
Mr Prince, who is married to Nigerian Temitayo, apologised for disturbing his fellow passengers and added that by the end of the row he and the woman had resolved their differences.
'I regret getting involved in such a petty dispute.' he said. 'This is one of those situations in which it is better to simply walk away.
'By the end of the journey we were joking with each other and having a pleasant conversation. That said, I'd like to apologise to my fellow commuters for the disturbance our initial disagreement caused.'
Video posted on the Dartford Rail Travellers Association Facebook page shows the moment the altercation occurred after a young woman seems to have put her feet on Mr Prince's seat.
The video doesn't show the start of the argument but a witness said: 'It started because she had her feet on his chair as he went over to sit down.'
'You're an idiot,' she tells Mr Prince. 'I'll f***king slap you.'
Mr Prince starts talking back but his voice is muffled over the woman's - both become inaudible for a few seconds as they talk over each other in obvious disagreement.
|The politician was filmed by a fellow commuter in a dispute which began with an intrusion of space and quickly turned 'racist' and the woman was heard describing him as a 'white idiot'. Pictured: Mr Prince with his Nigerian wife Temitayo|
Clearly not wanting to solve the problem - or beyond annoyed that her leg has been touched - the woman starts insulting the Tory politician.
'That's why you're not married, you idiot,' she says. And then after finding out he is indeed married,
'She's cheating on you. She's using you for your money.'
The woman made this latter claim after learning that the man's wife is Nigerian and said she understood Nigerian women because she is one.
Mr Prince has been married to Temitayo for four years and he has been seen in traditional Nigerian dress with his wife.
See full conversations between both:
Woman: You’re an idiot, I will f*****g slap you
Man: All I am…All I want is for you to stop putting your dirt on my shoes
Woman: You’re so used to women being quiet when you talk. Touch me again I’ll f*****g scarper you, you’re an idiot
Man: No you’re the idiot
Woman: That’s why you’re not married your idiot. No woman would stand your stupid acts.
Man: Er hello! [holds up his wedding ring] Haha. Ah-ah!
Woman: Are you married? Are you sure? Are you sure she is not cheating on you? Are you sure?
Man: Because she’s a really nice Yoruba lady
Woman: Are you sure about that? Trust me, she’s using your money
Man: Trust me, I don’t know about that.
Woman: You’re a f*****g idiot. Trust me, she doesn’t love you. I’m Nigerian I know what women want, you’re an idiot.
Man: You might know what women like you like
Woman: Touch me again and I’ll f*****g slap you
Man: I don’t want to touch you
Woman: Your wife is where I’m from so I you know I know her attitude so we have the same attitude so touch me again and I will slap you the same way your wife beats you up
Man: Do not put your shoe on my chair so that I have to get dirt on my trousers. So now you know what it’s like
Woman: You’re laughing because you can’t do s**t. You know you can’t do anything. Listen, my foot is literally by your balls. I am literally grabbing you by your balls. Do you understand that? Do you understand that?
Man: No you’re not! Hahaha! You’re just making yourself look like a complete fool.
Woman: You’re actually an idiot do you know that?
Man: You’re making yourself look like a complete fool
Woman: This is fun
Man: Just because you can’t respect other people’s property, take your shoes off..
Woman: So I get on the train and this white idiot
Man: Oh racist as well now? Racism, I love it.
Woman: Like a f*****g idiot
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