Setback for Star of David Zoff’s Gil Overim, 39: After saying in an Instagram video last week that he was denied check-in at the luxury Westin Hotel in Leipzig because of his Star of David trailer, a witness is now questioning the descriptions.
“He was in line and wanted to check in. But that didn’t work because something was broken in the front. This technical problem has been going on for a while. “I’ve definitely passed people five times – and he didn’t say that,” painter and illustrator Gunter Roth, who was at the hotel for his exhibition, tells RTL. He does not want to hear about a verbal battle over the Star of David. “I was about 15 meters away and I can’t tell you anything about the dialogues.”
The allegations are ‘absolutely ridiculous’
But he did not imagine that an employee of the hotel was going to make anti-Semitic remarks. “It’s absolutely ridiculous. I live in Leipzig and have already done many events here. Excellent service, first class managed hotel. It’s also practically inconceivable that someone would do something like this as a professional. It hurts himself as well as his business.”
The artist even suspects that Ofrim broke his collar because of the long wait – until an employee kicked him out of the hotel. “At least he must have said something—otherwise he wouldn’t have been reprimanded. That was probably how he felt: ‘I’m the big star and it would be my turn right away. But that didn’t work out.’” He finds that the allegations the musician now makes against the hotel are completely exaggerated. “You can’t shoot mosquitoes with atomic bombs just because you think you didn’t get preferential treatment.”
Ofrim and the hotel staff filed a complaint
A different version of the incident can also be heard from hotel circles. The singer’s management denies that it was different. This, he says, has always been the problem with anti-Semitism: at the end there is testimony against martyrdom. Definitely not bullying.” Ofrim now wants to file a criminal complaint against the hotel employee and testify as a witness in the case. But the clerk reported him for defamation. The two hotel employees involved took leave until the case is resolved. (IMH)
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