‘Apartment Patty’ is married to a man of color

The white woman who lost her job after blocking a black man from entering their apartment building in St. Louis is married to a man of color – who is speaking out about the viral incident.

In a 49-second Facebook video posted Sunday, Brandon Mueller distanced himself from his estranged wife, Hilary Thorton, who was dubbed “Apartment Patty” and “Key Fob Kelly” after standing in the doorway of the Elder Shirt Lofts in St. Louis to block fellow resident D’Arreion Toles, 24, from entering without showing proof of residence on Oct. 12.

“Hello, my name is Brandon Mueller,” Thorton’s former partner said. “I wanted to take a moment to express my deep disappointment in the incident that took place at Mr. Toles’ home. The individual in the video and I have been separated for over a year, and I, myself, no longer reside at the Elder Shirt Lofts building.”

Mueller, the chief operating officer for a real estate firm who describes himself as a person of color, said he’s spent the bulk of his career educating others about the importance of diversity and hopes the ordeal involving his estranged wife can serve as a lesson.

“My only hope is that we, as a community, can use this as an opportunity to do what my father taught me many years ago: to not allow others’ ignorance to incite anger and hatred, but to use it as an opportunity to learn, grow and promote love.”

Thorton, who also goes by Hilary Brooke Mueller, has claimed she was merely following directions from the condo board and has denied being a racist.

“I simply asked him if he lived there because the direction from the condo is so repeated that if you don’t know the person, you do not let them in,” she told KTVI-TV on Wednesday.

Thorton is seen demanding to see Foles’ key fob prior to opening the door.

“He would not answer me,” she told the station. “He would not show me one.”

Toles then pushed his way inside during an “altercation,” said Thorton, who later called police.

Toles, meanwhile, said he was “shocked this is America in 2018” in a video of the incident posted online.

Thorton, who worked at a luxury apartment company in St. Louis, lost her job for racial profiling just three days after the incident.

“The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds,” the company said in a statement. “We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company.”

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